Panthers close to signing Chris Scott, according to report

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers have their eye on another offensive lineman, just 24 hrs after cutting Geoff Hangartner. You can forget a big name, or experienced veteran.

The Carolina Panthers are expected to sign offensive lineman Chris Scott shortly, according to Joe Person. A former 5th round pick from Tennessee, Scott has bounced around the NFL, playing for five teams in three years.

Scott isn't an experienced veteran, nor does he have starting experience. He played in two games for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, before being released just over a year after being drafted due to lack of playing time. He was originally selected as an offensive tackle, but recently made the switch to guard.

The problem for Scott sounds an awful lot like the issues the Panthers had with Duke Robinson, conditioning. The Buffalo Bills signed him earlier this year to help with the loss of Andy Levitre, but he failed a conditioning test before training camp and was promptly released.

It's important to note that the Panthers worked out several offensive linemen today, but Travelle Wharton was not one of them. Granted, they had a chance to see him in Charlotte a few weeks ago, but it appears the plan will be to play cheap and lean on the offensive line in 2013. Dave Gettleman will likely wait to make a bigger move until teams begin to cut down their rosters.

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