Even before the regular season finished, Carolina Panthers fans were looking forward to the impending offseason. Although the landscape of the league has shifted since then, the perspective on certain potential moves remains the same.
For example, the Panthers have serious needs at free safety, defensive tackle and wide receiver, all of which still need to be addressed.
Unlike those two teams, though, the Panthers have a horrible cap situation to contend with. A couple of weeks before free agency is set to begin, the Panthers are still $10 million over the cap.
In order to get under the cap line, rookie GM David Gettleman will have to either restructure or release at least a couple of veterans. However, releasing experienced veterans is typically contradictory to promoting a positive and successful locker room.
The team the Panthers run out onto the field next season should be a playoff contender, so it's up to Gettleman to supplement the current talent while cleaning up the team's financial situation. Also, Ron Rivera is coaching for his job next season and will likely be assertive in all personnel decisions.
Other than that, though, Gettleman really should have a quiet first season.