Despite possessing over $40 million in salary cap room, the Cincinnati Bengals have been extremely quiet in the opening days of free agency. That is until today, as Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the team has signed guard Travelle Wharton.
Wharton was released earlier this week by the Carolina Panthers, where he had started 99 games in the eight seasons since being selected with a third round pick of the 2004 NFL Draft out of South Carolina.
The 30-year-old adds veteran experience to an interior offensive line that lost starting left guard Nate Livings to free agency. 35-year-old right guard Bobbie Williams is an unrestricted free agent, leaving the Bengals with 2011 fourth-round pick Clint Boling and third-year pro Otis Hudson as the only guards under contract for next season until the Wharton signing.