Offseason Analysis: Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are coming off a very successful season that ended in disappointment. The good news is they do not have a lot of key free agents. Tops on the list is Julius Peppers. Replacing his 14.5 Sacks is going to be very difficult so that is obviously a focal point.
One thing that needn’t be addressed is their running game. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart were the best 1-2 punch in the game last year. They combined for over 2300 yards and 28 TDs. Steve Smith is still one of the best wideouts in the game. Jake Delhomme wasn’t particularly effective during the season, and how can you forget the five INTs he tossed against Arizona? The window is open for Carolina to do great things. I’m not sure Jake Delhomme has what it takes to get it done. I’m not sure Matt Moore is the QB of the future so that could be addressed via the draft. Muhsin Muhammad had a solid year for Carolina, but he’s no spring chicken. D.J. Hackett didn’t live up to expectations last year. The WR position will likely be addressed in free agency of the draft. All in all, the Panthers are in pretty good shape.
|Pos||Player Name||FA Status||Previous Team||Current Team|
|QB||Brett Basanez||Signed||Carolina Panthers||Chicago Bears|
|WR||Dominique Thompson||UFA||Carolina Panthers||Free Agent|
|TE||Jeff King||RFA||Carolina Panthers||Free Agent|
|PK||John Kasay||UFA||Carolina Panthers||Free Agent|
|OT||Frank Omiyale||UFA||Carolina Panthers||Free Agent|
|DL||Julius Peppers||UFA||Carolina Panthers||Free Agent|
|LB||James Anderson||RFA||Carolina Panthers||Free Agent|
|LB||Jason Kyle||UFA||Carolina Panthers||Free Agent|
|CB||Chris Gamble||UFA||Carolina Panthers||Free Agent|