Travelle Wharton meeting with Panthers today in Charlotte

Brian A. Westerholt

Less than 24hrs after being released by Cincinnati it appears Carolina are taking a long look at an old face.

Well, that didn't take long. Less than 24hrs after being released Travelle Wharton is meeting with the Panthers in Charlotte, according to ESPN's Pat Yasinskas.

The Panthers need interior offensive line depth, which Wharton would provide when fully healed from an ACL injury that sidelined him for much of the 2012 season. He has history working on both the left, and right sides -- while filling in at offensive tackle while needed.

A 2004 third-round pick, Wharton helped usher a period of dominance for Carolina's offensive line play. Starting at left guard next to Jordan Gross, Wharton played in 99 games for the Panthers before being released as a salary cap casualty in 2012.

While his injury recovery is cause for concern, it's important to understand how dire the Panthers situation at right guard is. Edmund Kugbila has promise, but is too raw to be relied on, while Geoff Hangartner struggled throughout the 2012 season.

Depending on today's meeting we could see a new one-year veteran as early as this afternoon, which would greatly bolster the Panthers' offense in 2013 -- and more importantly, help Cam Newton.

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