The New England Patriots reportedly showed interest in recently released Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble, and he was expected to have a pretty nice free agent market with teams like the Pats (and maybe even the Detroit Lions) slated to be interested in the veteran CB. But, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Chris Gamble’s agent Carl Poston recently told Anderson that Gamble wants to retire (per what Gamble told the agent yesterday).
This is sudden news, and I wonder if it has to do with the season-ending shoulder injury he suffered. The Panthers dropped their best corner due to huge salary cap problems, as the 29-year-old Ohio State product’s release saved the team $7 million and brought them under the cap for the first time. It came at the high price of losing a corner who was the league’s second-best CB in 2011 (53.3 QB Rating, 2nd behind only Darrelle Revis), but it seems like it was worth it.
This is really some sudden news, and I thought Gamble could have been a great fit for the New England Patriots. I wanted the Pats to seriously consider signing him, and they did at least consider it by showing some interest. I guess we can cross Gamble off of our lists (if any of you guys had him on there as well), and I wish him the best.
The Panthers are my second favorite team in the league, and Gamble has been one of my favorite players for quite some time. He is somebody who will go largely forgotten, despite having a solid career as one of the shutdown cornerback’s in this league. I hope Gamble signs a one-day contract and retires with the Carolina Panthers, because there is a special meaning in Gamble only spending his career with the Panthers organization. If he does indeed retire, I don’t want him to retire as a free agent- I want to see him retire as a Carolina Panther.
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