The Panthers announced on Sunday that they have signed free agent Travelle Wharton. The 6-foot-4, 312 pound guard/tackle was originally drafted by Carolina in the 3rd round (94th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
The University of South Carolina alum started all 99 games he played for the Panthers, including four seasons where he appeared in all 16 contests, before being released in March 2012.
Wharton signed with the Bengals only to suffer a knee injury in August causing him to miss the entire 2012 season. On July 22, 2013 Cincinnati terminated his contract making him a free agent.
With the Gamecocks, the Fountain Inn, South Carolina native started 45 of the 47 games and did not allow a quarterback sack after the second game of his freshman year, a span of 45 games. He earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition and was chosen to play in the Senior Bowl.
With the addition of Wharton, the Panthers now have to pare their roster by four to reach the NFL mandated 75 man roster limit on Tuesday. The team waived or waived/injured a dozen players on Saturday.