Around The League noted in the takeaways from Thursday's game versus the Baltimore Ravens that the Carolina Panthers' questionable blocking up front is a problem for a team moving to more of a "traditional" offense.
Wharton started 99 games between guard and tackle in Carolina before spending the 2012 season on the Cincinnati Bengals' injured reserve list. Released by the Bengals for salary-cap purposes, Wharton touched base with the Panthers in July.
Signing one month later allowed the 32-year-old to skip the rigors of training camp. It also might have driven up his price tag now that starting left guard Amini Silatolu has joined fourth-round draft pick Edmund Kugbila on the sideline -- each dealing with hamstring injuries.