Posted March 13, 2012 on AP on Fox
It was the changing of the guard Tuesday in Carolina The Panthers released starting left guard Travelle Wharton and re-signed starting right guard Geoff Hangartner. Wharton was due a base salary of $5.7 million this season under the NFL salary cap, which necessitated the move. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney called the decision to release Wharton extremely tough. ''He's been a tremendous player for us and he is a class act,'' Hurney said. ''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.'' Wharton was a third-round draft pick by the Panthers in 2004 out of South Carolina and started 99 games over the past eight seasons. He was extremely valuable in terms of his versatility, sliding out to play left tackle when Pro Bowler J...

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AP Source: Panthers' Davis waives $8 million bonus

A person familiar with the situation says linebacker Thomas Davis has agreed to forego his $8 million signing bonus and take a pay cut to return to the Panthers. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because no public announcement has been made. Davis, who is trying to comeback from three torn ACLs in three years, has agreed to forego the...

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