Travelle Wharton was a reliable piece of the offensive line, and he will be missed. (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
In what has been a flurry of activity by the Panthers this afternoon they have decided to part ways with starting LG Travelle Wharton, who was set to be one of the organization's highest paid players in 2012.
It would be irresponsible conjecture to postulate on why the two sides parted ways, but it is undoubtedly over Wharton's salary cap figure. With Geoff Schwartz leaving via free agency, and now Wharton gone the offensive line is left woefully weak. The signing of Geoff Hangartner will mitigate some of the loss, but the Panthers will need to find a better long term answer. An hour ago I thought the Hangartner signing foreshadowed a lack of desire to draft an OL early, but now it seems that either David DeCastro, or Cordy Glenn would likely be high on the Panthers' radar.
This isn't the same organization we knew under John Fox. There is a swiftness, and precision being executed in these roster moves that show a team looking to make big leaps quickly, and not standing on ceremony. It's hard to know where the Panthers will go from here, but I would still be shocked to see them be major players in free agency.
As for Wharton- he's been with the Panthers since 2004, and was always a staple next to Jordan Gross on the left side. I'll miss seeing him play on Sunday. CSR wishes him the best.