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Jordan Gross | Tackle

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/20/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 305
College: Utah
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Panthers LT Jordan Gross has decided to retire from the NFL after 11 seasons.
Gross, 33, spent his entire career with the Panthers after being the eighth overall pick in the 2003 draft. He made it to the Super Bowl as a rookie and made three Pro Bowls. Gross missed just nine starts in his career. He's leaving the game on top, as Pro Football Focus graded Gross as its No. 3 left tackle in 2013. It's a big blow for the Panthers. Gross was set to become a free agent in two weeks but had stated he'd only consider playing for Carolina. He clearly didn't feel he had enough left in the tank to make it through another grueling training camp and 16-game schedule. The Panthers are now in the market for two starting tackles. RT Byron Bell has been a major liability and is a restricted free agent. Feb 25 - 11:30 AM

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GM Dave Gettleman is "still unsure" if free agent LT Jordan Gross will re-sign with the Panthers or retire.

Gettleman has had "two conversations" with the Panthers' left tackle since 2003. A third conversation would likely involve sweetening the team's offer. Going on 34 with 167 punishing NFL appearances to his name, Gross is clearly only interested in returning if the price is right. Gross was the No. 3 tackle in Pro Football Focus' 2013 ratings, and has missed just one game since 2009. His retirement would leave the Panthers in a lurch. It would be terrible timing for a team that already has pressing needs on defense and at receiver.
Feb 20 - 3:29 PM

The Charlotte Observer says it's "very possible" free agent LT Jordan Gross returns to the Panthers on a one- or two-year deal.

The 33-year-old Gross said he is either going to retire or re-sign with the Panthers. Given his continued high level of play and no in-house replacement on the roster, we'd expect the two sides to reach a deal. GM Dave Gettleman will be looking for Gross' eventual replacement in the draft.
Jan 22 - 12:16 PM

Impending free agent LT Jordan Gross said he hasn't decided if he will retire yet.

The 33-year-old Gross reiterated that if he plays in 2014, it will only be for the Panthers. He did say that he still thinks he can play, and the stats bore that out as he was Pro Football Focus' No. 3 tackle this season while dominating in pass protection. He's also sustained durability, starting 63-of-64 games over the last four seasons. The Panthers should coax Gross back with a nice payday on a one-year deal.
Jan 13 - 11:38 AM

Panthers LT Jordan Gross has yet to decide if this season will be his last, but did say that he will only play for Carolina in 2014.

Gross, 33, restructured his contract in March, essentially voiding the final three years of his deal. He'll be a free agent on the fifth day of the 2014 league year. "A year later is another year less appealing to go somewhere else," Gross said. "I'm not worried about the team having leverage on me if I say I'm only playing here. I'm only going to play here." He was Pro Football Focus' No. 14 left tackle last season, and he's entering his 11th year with Carolina.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Panthers LT Jordan Gross has restructured his contract.

Gross was scheduled to make $8.7M this season, an untenable number for the cap-strapped Panthers. He'll now earn $5.5M, and will be able to void his 2014 contract on Feb. 7 of next year. Gross, now entering his age-33 season, was ProFootballFocus' No. 14 left tackle last season.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 12:56:00 PM

The Panthers have asked LT Jordan Gross to restructure his contract.

The report indicates Carolina wants Gross to take a pay cut, as opposed to converting salary into a bonus. Gross' 2013 cap number is $11.7 million, and the Panthers are currently $4 million under the cap. "The Panthers and I are trying to work out the best solution to help this team move forward," Gross said Saturday.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 09:24:00 PM

Panthers LT Jordan Gross recently underwent surgery to have bone spurs removed from his ankle.

Coach Ron Rivera called it a successful clean-out. Gross started all 16 games in 2012, and he's missed just one game over the last three seasons. Pro Football Focus graded him out as a top-20 tackle in 2012. Gross should be ready for training camp.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 07:18:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer suggests the Panthers could approach LT Jordan Gross about restructuring his contract.

Gross has two years left on a six-year deal, and he's currently due an $8.7 million base salary. Over the cap at the moment, Carolina could clear $6.7 million by cutting Gross. That doesn't appear to be an option, though, as he's a key cog on the Panthers' offensive line. An extension is another way Carolina could make Gross' contract more salary-cap friendly.
Sun, Feb 10, 2013 10:04:00 AM

Panthers declared LT Jordan Gross, QB Jimmy Clausen, CB Brandon Hogan, LB Jason Phillips, WR Darvin Adams, LB Kion Wilson, and DE Eric Norwood inactive for Week 14 against the Falcons.

One of the league's premier blindside protectors, Gross missed practice all week with an ankle injury. Travelle Wharton will kick outside to left tackle with Mackenzy Bernadeau filling in at left guard. Cam Newton is a top-five fantasy play regardless.
Sun, Dec 11, 2011 11:36:00 AM

Panthers LT Jordan Gross (broken tibia) has resumed participation in team drills.

Gross is progressing nicely from that gruesome broken leg he suffered in Week 10 of last season. When healthy, he's capable of being the Panthers' best pass protector on the offensive line.
Wed, Jun 9, 2010 09:19:00 AM

Panthers LT Jordan Gross (broken tibia) has begun practicing at OTAs.

Gross' injury occurred in Week 10 last season, so he's had plenty of time to recover. The 30-year-old was credited with six sacks allowed in ten 2009 starts. He'll need to be more effective for Carolina's passing game to improve.
Tue, May 25, 2010 11:44:00 AM

Panthers LT Jordan Gross (broken tibia) fully expects to be ready for training camp.

Gross is doing some running on the side, but he's unlikely to practice until later this summer. RT Jeff Otah (meniscus) should also be fully healthy for training camp, so the Panthers offenisve line will be at full capacity in 2010.
Sat, May 1, 2010 03:41:00 PM

Panthers LT Jordan Gross says his broken tibia and fibia will be healed by the Super Bowl.

Gross has yet to begin rehabbing, but is progressing nicely and will be off crutches in a few days. He's likely to be 100% by the start of training camp.
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 03:55:00 PM

Panthers LT Jordan Gross (broken leg) expects to be cleared for "anything" in three months.

Gross said he suffered a "perfect break" of his tibia and fibia. He'll be on crutches for six weeks before beginning his rehab. Gross admitted that the team will "probably baby me through" the offseason program, but he'll be ready to go for training camp.
Tue, Nov 24, 2009 08:12:00 AM

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