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Panthers Lose OL Geoff Hangartner & OL Jeff Byers To Retirement

Update:

The Carolina Panthers also announced that OL Jeff Byers has retired from the NFL as well.

Byers, 28, appeared in 22 games and started a seven games for Carolina after being an undrafted free-agent in 2010.

Byers graded as an above-average run blocker with the Panthers after being called up from the practice squad in 2012, according to Pro Football Focus. Byers had season ending surgery after sustaining a left Lisfranc injury at the mid-way point of last season.

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According to Joesph Person of The Charlotte Observer, OL Geoff Hangartner has decided to retire from the NFL.

I’ve known for a while I was going to retire. I knew when I came back this was going to be my last year,” said Hangartner, “It was a good way for me to end because I got to come back and play for a team I loved playing for and finish out with my buddies. Luckily we had some success, which made it even more fun. It was a fitting way for me to end my career.

Hangartner, 31, played in 115 games and started 85 of them after being selected in the fifth-round by the Panthers.

The Panthers will now have another offensive line spot to fill in free agency with OG Travelle Wharton testing the market and OT Jordan Gross also retiring recently.