Oct, 23, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers guard Travelle Wharton (70) on the sidelines in the fourth quarter. The Panthers defeated the Redskins 33-20 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Interested in Signing OL Travelle Wharton

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The NFL free agency buzz is long over, but there are some players still unsigned and teams still looking for upgrades.

The Oakland Raiders are one of those teams, and they have an interest in free agent offensive lineman Travelle Wharton, according to Bill Williamson of ESPN. 

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.

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