The NFL free agency buzz is long over, but there are some players still unsigned and teams still looking for upgrades.
A nine-year veteran at offensive guard, Wharton spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers after they drafted him in 2004, and played in 99 games over eight seasons.
He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals last season, but a knee injury prevented him from playing in any games, and the Bengals released him on Monday.
Williamson reports that the Raiders’ interest in Wharton is “high,” but they may not be able to offer him as much money as other teams, and Wharton is looking to take the best offer at this point.
Signing Wharton would be a plus for the Raiders at this point, because they are rather inexperienced and unpolished at guard. Mike Briesel struggled big time at right guard last season, and right guard Tony Bergstrom was ineffective in his rookie campaign.
Wharton has already visited with the Panthers, but there is no scheduled appointment for him with the Raiders.
If Reggie McKenzie wants to see Wharton donning the Silver and Black, it looks like he’s going to have to pay up.