While the start of free agency has been exciting for some fanbases, that has not been the case for Carolina Panthers fans.
Due to an unfavorable cap situation, first-year GM David Gettleman has had no choice but to watch as other teams signed this year's premium free agents. That may not be a bad thing, however, as championship-caliber teams are built through the draft.
That said, savvy GM's find ways to address priorities through free agency without negatively impacting the future of the franchise financially. Making a significant move or two without cap flexibility is the task that sits in front of Gettleman.
After working tirelessly to get the Panthers under the salary cap while maintaining a competitive roster, Gettleman's first free agency period as a GM will be equally as difficult.
The Panthers will work to fill their holes via free agency and the draft, which means only a few glaring needs will be addressed this month.