According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the veteran defensive back informed his agent—Carl Poston—of this decision on Monday morning:
"A number of teams have expressed interest in Chris Gamble," Poston said. "However, Chris informed me last night that he wants to retire. Even though he still loves football, he told me that he's decided to focus on life after football."
Gamble played nine seasons in the league, all for the Panthers—the franchise that selected him with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2004 draft. Over that time period, he appeared in 123 games, notched 508 tackles, recorded 27 interceptions, forced and recovered four fumbles and scored two defensive touchdowns.
The 30-year-old was released this past Friday as a salary cap casualty, saving the Panthers a reported $7.9 million (as per ESPN) in 2013. Gamble signed a six-year, $50-plus million deal in 2008.
Gamble’s agent made it clear that his client isn’t hanging up his cleats due to a lack of suitors. Several teams are apparently interested in the veteran corner for the upcoming campaign.
However, he has decided to focus on “life after football” and plans to use his money and investments to walk away from the game, per Poston:
"He's doing it the right way. He has taken care of his money and his investments to retire successfully, and now I wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Did the Panthers make the right decision to cut Gamble?
The former Ohio State star missed a significant number of games for the first time in his career during the 2012 season, as he wound up being placed on injured reserve for the final 12 contests due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Carolina went ahead with Josh Norman and Captain Munnerlyn as the starting cornerbacks in the wake of Gamble’s injury, while Josh Thomas was promoted to the nickel role.
It’ll be interesting to see how the organization adapts to the loss of Gamble and possibly Munnerlyn in free agency.