Nov 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross (69) along the sidelines prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers OT Jordan Gross to retire

Offensive tackle Jordan Gross was set to hit free agency in March after 11 seasons in the NFL, but he was believed to be considering all options — including retirement — before deciding what he would do moving forward. As it turns out, Gross has decided to end his career.

According to the Charlotte Observer, an official announcement will be coming on Wednesday where Gross will be announcing his retirement from the league.

Gross had previously said that he would only play for the Panthers, and he will get to end his career as a lifetime member of the team.

He finishes his career as a three-time Pro Bowler, who also appeared in the Super Bowl during his rookie season in 2003.

The former eighth overall pick in the in the 2003 NFL Draft started all 163 games that he played in.

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