This was unexpected.
Chris Gamble is one of the most underrated Carolina Panthers of the last decade, and now it looks he'll stay that way. Gamble's agent told Josina Anderson of ESPN that his client has informed him he wants to retire.
The soft-spoken Gamble was hard to understand from a fan perspective. He was always reliable -- the best player in the secondary for numerous years, yet never showed any desire to be a team leader. The only time Gamble stood out from the crowd was in 2010, when he allegedly had an incident where he blew up at then-head coach John Fox, and was deactivated for the rest of the year.
Agent Carl Poston said this about his client:
"A number of teams have expressed interest in Chris Gamble. However, Chris informed me last night that he wants to retire. Even though he still loves football, he told me that he's decided to focus on life after football. Chris has been a class act. I have represented him for nine years, ever since he came out of Ohio State. He's been an ideal client and he was one of the best corners in game. He's doing it the right way. He has taken care of his money and his investments to retire successfully, and now I wish him the best in his future endeavors."
It feels like Gamble is leaving a lot on the table. While outlets seem to be undervaluing him, he's still one of the best free agent cornerbacks available on the market. It looked like a natural fit to have him be the final piece to a playoff team, or an organization with Super Bowl potential. Between his excellent man-cover skills, and knack for shutting down receivers, it seems that even in retirement he'll be undervalued.
He finishes his career with 508 tackle, 27 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles.