Stray Arrows: Homecoming For Hartwig?

The Chiefs need a center. C Justin Hartwig now needs a team. Hartwig went to Kansas. KU is about 30 minutes away max from Arrowhead. Hmmmm…

The Carolina Panthers cut Hartwig today (hat tip: A.A. commenter Jeremy), and considering he’s only 29 he seems like an ideal fit for us. From

The Carolina Panthers have released center Justin Hartwig, the team announced Tuesday. Hartwig started the first 15 games in 2007 but suffered a knee injury versus Dallas on December 22 and ended the year on injured reserve.

The knee injury was just a sprained MCL, and he seems to have completely recovered from the groin injury that sidelined him for most of the 2006 season. Prior to that he started all but one game for the Tennessee Titans over the course of three years. Hartwig says that his injuries are behind him:

“With a full offseason of training, especially with my legs and getting all my strength back, I think I’m going to have a bigger and better season this year,” he said.

Hartwig was released to pave the way for second-year center Ryan Kalil, a second-round draft pick a year ago that many expected to go a round earlier. I think we absolutely have to take a look at Hartwig.

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