Carolina Panthers All-Star set to retire

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The Carolina Panthers have been busy clearing cap space, but now it seems that Jordan Gross is going to give them a helping hand.

As the Panthers official website have now confirmed, the left tackle is set to retire from professional football on Wednesday in a special press conference at Bank of America stadium.

Gross was set to become a free agent next month, but has previously stated at the end of last season that he would either play for the Panthers or no one.

Gross, the eighth pick in the 2003 draft, was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and made the AP All-Pro team after the 2008 season.

This years Pro Bowl, hosted in Hawaii, proved to be the 33-year olds last game in football.

Gross, whose 167 starts are the most in team history, told the Charlotte Observer during the Pro Bowl week he'd had a fulfilling career.

"I've been to a Super Bowl. I've been in the Pro Bowl. I've won the division. I've been 2-14. I've been carted off the field. I've been celebrated off the field," Gross said. "I've had almost everything happen to me that can happen, short of winning the Super Bowl. I feel like I'm a very content person."

"I know what it takes to play the position of left tackle in the NFL, and I know that I have a standard that I've always kept up with," Gross explained on the Panthers site. "I know that I've kind of done my job to pass the torch. It's time for somebody else to carry it."

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