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2012 NFL Free Agency: Bengals Sign Travelle Wharton To 3-Year, $10 Million Deal, According To Source

According to Scouts.com's Aaron Wilson, Offensive Guard Travelle Wharton has been signed to the Bengals on a $10 million, 3 year deal. $4 million will be paid in the first year.

Wharton's former deal would have created a $7.6 million dollar cap hit on the Carolina Panthers, and Wharton will soon be turning 31, which are the two biggest reasons for Wharton's release from the Panthers. Wharton's biggest strength is run-blocking, which should greatly help the Bengals, who like to run to the left side.

Wharton will probably fight for the starting left guard spot, and would be a decent starter. He struggles in pass protection, but would be a very solid backup. He is versatile, having played left tackle many times in career.