Projecting Carolina's NFL Free Agent Targets

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Projecting Carolina's NFL Free Agent Targets
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The Carolina Panthers have not made too much noise this offseason as they have restructured contracts and signed a couple players to fill in gaps on the roster.  As the new NFL season gets closer, the Panthers still find themselves deciding on which of their free agents they will try to retain and which ones they can afford to sign from around the league.

The biggest issue going against them is their current salary cap.  While they have restructured a few deals to get closer to the $123 million projected ceiling, they are nowhere close to making a serious run at some of the marquee names on the market. 

Carolina is expected to release veteran cornerback Chris Gamble which would free up a lot of money and should allow the Panthers to have some breathing room.  Gamble's cap figure is worth $10.9 million, and the only question remaining is, when will he be released?

Aside from the departure of Gamble and other Carolina free agents, the team needs to decide which positions they need to build upon with veteran talent and which unproven rookies they can sign after the draft to assign to their scout team with hopes of making the active roster.

This slideshow will address different positions the Panthers could shore up via free agency.  It should be noted there will be no major free agents on this list as Carolina lacks the spending room. 

Note: The free agents on this slide show are derived from the Rotoworld free agent list.  At the time of this posting, all players listed are still available on the open market.

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