September 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers center Geoff Hangartner (63) in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Geoff Hangartner Leaving the Carolina Panthers

In a stunning move made on Thursday, the Carolina Panthers have officially cut ties with starting Right Guard Geoff Hangartner.

Geoff Hangartner was brought in two years ago half way through the season to start in the Right Guard position as well as provide depth at the center position, something that obviously came into effect last year with Ryan Kalil’s season ending injury. He started in all 26 games during his second stint with the Panthers and though he would not have been a starter on a team with an average to above-average Offensive Line he still performed well for the struggling unit.

But all that is nonsense! You could find all of that information on any old sports website, what you’re here for is the speculation that follows. dynamo, Ken Dye, has already posted a story stating his faith in Gettleman’s decision. All I’m here to do is back up his statement.

November 4, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Carolina Panthers guard Geoff Hangartner (63) lines up against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dave Gettleman has done everything that he possibly can to shore up some extra cash for the Panthers franchise. Signing players from Mike Mitchel to Ted Ginn, as well as just making some great decisions during this year’s draft, Kenjon Barner being my personal favorite, just goes to show that Gettleman has all the scouting and fiscal tools to make this team extremely competitive.

So releasing Hangartner shouldn’t be something to dwell on. Gettleman has a plan, I’m sure of it. Edmund Kugbila is currently hurt but it has been stated that his injury is day-to-day and he should be able to return sooner rather than later. Along with Kugbila as a possible Right Guard starter, the Panthers currently have Garry Williams on roster and have expressed interest in signing Travelle Wharton.

You may remember Travelle Wharton, a former Carolina Panther who was not re-signed by the Cincinnati Bengals after he overstayed his one year contract. So in conclusion, Gettleman should be trusted at the helm of the Panthers franchise.

In other Carolina Panther’s news, the team has cut ties with practice squad player, Tight End Nelson Rosario and has opted for Zach Pianalto instead. Rivera has stated this change in personnel was due to Rosario’s lack of pass protection, even though he has a talent for receiving the ball. Pianalto is a three year pro player, and a former UNC standout. For more on the story visit

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