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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner says he's retiring from the NFL after nine seasons.

Hangarter, 31, played seven seasons with the Panthers. He appeared in 115 games during his career with 85 starts.

Hangartner told The Associated Press Tuesday in a telephone interview he had a great experience in the NFL but it's time to hit the golf course.

Hangartner says, I know the reality of the business. I'm thankful for my time in the league. I wanted one last chance to play with my buddies in Carolina and I had that chance last season.

Hangartner was released by Carolina during training camp last year, but the team brought him back after a series of injuries at the guard position.

He played in eight games, starting two.

Steelers sign Safety Mike Mitchell


The Steelers signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers.


Mitchell first announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers and his agent Brian Hamilton confirmed the signing to The Associated Press.

Financial terms were not released. The Steelers have not announced the addition of Mitchell.

First I have to thank God for this blessing and Mr. Rooney and the Steelers organization for such a great opportunity! Mitchell wrote on Twitter.

Mitchell started 14 games last season for the Carolina Panthers and had 66 tackles, four interceptions, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles for the league's second-ranked defense.

Mitchell came to Carolina after four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, mostly in a reserve role.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Mitchell brought an attitude to the Carolina defense, regularly collecting personal fouls and league-imposed fines for late hits.

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