The Carolina Panthers released veteran corner back Chris Gamble last week in a cost-cutting move by the franchise. Gamble, the all-time interception leader for the Panthers informed his agent last night that he does not want to pursue free agency and he has instead opted to retire according to several accounts. Although he dealt with a should injury last season that limited his playing time on the field, this news does come as bit of a surprise.
Gamble, who ironically turns 30 today, had generated some interest around the league according to a statement released by his agent, Carl Poston.
It’s also very possible that Gamble just has a bitter taste in his mouth about football after being released by the only team he’s ever played for. Unless he actually files the paperwork, by the time training camps open and injuries mount, he might be inclined to hit the field once again.