Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Panthers keep Geoff Hangartner
By Pat Yasinskas
The Carolina Panthers are keeping guard Geoff Hangartner, according to ESPN’s John Clayton.
Hangartner has agreed to a three-year deal. The terms weren’t immediately available.
But the re-signing of Hangartner solidifies one guard position while leaving a bit of a question at the other. Veteran Travelle Wharton was carrying a cap figure in excess of $7 million as the Panthers worked to get under the cap for the start of free agency. It’s unclear if the Panthers have restructured Wharton’s contract or made any roster moves involving him yet.
Hangartner originally was drafted by the Panthers in 2005. He left as a free agent for two seasons in Buffalo but was re-signed last preseason as the Panthers had several injuries at guard. Hangartner wound up starting all 16 games. He also gives the Panthers a bit of flexibility because he has the ability to play center if needed.
If Wharton is staying with the Panthers, the team has what looks like a strong offensive line on paper. Center Ryan Kalil and left tackle Jordan Gross each have been to the Pro Bowl. Right tackle is a bit of a question mark with Jeff Otah missing most of the last two seasons with injuries.