Charlotte, N.C.--The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday that they have re-signed offensive guard Geoff Hangartner and that Travelle Wharton has been released.
Hangartner started all 16 games at right guard and played every offensive snap last year. He was signed the week prior to the regular season opener after being released by Buffalo, where he played the previous two seasons.
Wharton was selected in the third round of the 2004 draft by the Panthers and started all 99 games he played in over eight seasons. He became a starter in the sixth game of his rookie season and started 28 consecutive regular season games and three playoff games before missing the 2006 season with a knee injury suffered in the opening game. His 99 starts and games played are second only to only Jordan Gross among offensive linemen in team history.
"It was an extremely difficult decision on Travelle," says general manager Marty Hurney. "He's been a tremendous player for us and he is a class act. It got to the point where in the big picture we decided it was a move we needed to make. We placed a June 1 designation on his release, which means we will carry his cap number until June 1, but Travelle is immediately able to negotiate and sign with another team."
"We drafted Geoff in the fifth round in 2005 and lost him through free agency and were glad to have him back last season when he resumed his starting role," says Hurney.
Hangartner has played in 71 games with 43 starts for Carolina and also started 28 games in two seasons with the Bills.