Carolina Panthers' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency

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Carolina Panthers' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
New Carolina GM Dave Gettleman has a lot of big decisions to make if the Panthers are to be successful in 2013.

The free agency period is upon us and the Carolina Panthers are exploring all of their options on whom they should target, whom they can afford and what positions take precedence.

While many theories have been suggested by the sports media, including those of us here at Bleacher Report, one of the most pressing questions is how Carolina can be successful in free agency despite having limited funds?

On Friday, the Panthers finally got below the salary cap after releasing cornerback Chris Gamble and can now focus on putting together the pieces of a winning team.  Gamble is probably not the last player to be cut from the roster, but he should be the last significant release.

The key to winning free agency varies year to year.  As the Panthers have shown during their short history, sometimes a couple of key signings results in postseason success (2003). While other times, such as in 2008, they have not made a move of major significance and still put together a great season.

How will this year's free agency play out for Carolina?  More importantly, what needs to be done during the next few weeks to make their free agency period a winning one?

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