There are two great things about free agency: One, if you need upgrades, free agency is a bountiful tool. Two, if your core of returning players is plentiful, young, and productive already, who needs free agency?
The Panthers find themselves in both of these positions. They do need to upgrade in two maybe three positions, and then get some solid draftees.
I officially declare myself a proponent of keeping Jake Delhomme as the starting quarterback, at least for this season. I am all about giving him the time that he has given this team in redeeming himself from that hideous game against the Cardinals.
While I agree the Panthers need to be instrumental in finding Jake's successor, I also find it best to keep him in his starting role for one more season.
I am also very happy with the Panthers free agency period so far. I was disappointed however, with the release of Nick Goings, but this is the nature of the NFL beast and salary cap casualties.
So today I want to try and raise everyone's spirits a little bit, and do a slide show on some of the growing talent the Panthers have already.