Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross is set to be a free agent in the offseason, which has led to some speculation about whether or not the team will look to replace Gross in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Of course, the team could ultimately decide to go with a younger option, which could trigger the end of Gross’ career.
If Gross would have his wish, he would return to the Panthers in 2014, but he is also considering retirement if he believes the team will go in a different direction.
From Steve Reed of the Associated Press:
Panthers OT Jordan Gross says he hasn’t decided on future. Contract set to expire Feb. 7. Says if he plays, he will only play for Panthers.
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) January 13, 2014
Gross restructured his cap figure this past season from $11.7 million to $4.9 million to help the team, so there is a real possibility that he could agree to take another pay cut in order to finish his career with the Panthers.
However, this is a business, so the Panthers will have to consider all options moving forward and Gross has the right to do the same.