Panthers veteran offensive tackle Jordan Gross has decided to retire after 11 seasons, a source close to the situation told the Observer on Tuesday.

An official announcement is expected Wednesday.

Gross, 33, spent his entire career with the Panthers, playing in the Super Bowl as a rookie on the 2003 team and making it to three Pro Bowls.

His final NFL snap came in the February Pro Bowl when Panthers teammate Mike Tolbert went in for a 2-point conversion to give the Ron Rivera-coached team the victory.

Gross had planned to play through the 2014 season. But when he agreed to restructure his contract last year to help the team with its salary cap situation, the new deal was set up to automatically void this month.

That made Gross a free agent, although he had said he would only play for the Panthers.