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Guard Travelle Wharton thinking about retirement

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Travelle Wharton is uncertain about his next step. (USATSI)
Travelle Wharton is uncertain about his next step. (USATSI)

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Since there doesn't appear to be much interest in former Panthers guard Travelle Wharton -- who was ranked by Pro Football Focus as the No. 5 guard last year but whose time on the free agent market has been quiet thus far -- he attended the pro day of Jadeveon Clowney on Wednesday.

And during the day, which you can read all about right here, he took a minute to tell the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person that he's still thinking about retiring.

No final decision has been made, Wharton said, but the soon-to-be 33-year-old who missed the 2012 season with a torn ACL before returning strong last season reportedly had some interest from the Vikings and Dolphins. But Minnesota re-signed Charles Johnson and Miami went with Shelley Smith.

That leaves Wharton, ranked No. 76 on the free agent list, with nowhere to go for now.

"I'm really just enjoying my family time right now,” Wharton told the Observer last month. “I don't want to say I'm done and I don't want to say I'm going to keep playing for another five or six years. I don't know.”

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