The Carolina Panthers' offseason has been full of buzz, a trend that will only continue as we draw closer to training camp.
After finishing 7-9 last season, the Panthers are viewed as a team on the cusp of contending for a playoff spot. Third-year coach Ron Rivera will be under significant pressure to lead the team to the postseason and will have a hard time retaining his job if the team falls short of that goal.
Rookie general manager Dave Gettleman took the reigns of a tough situation, as former general manager Marty Hurney maneuvered the franchise into an unfavorable cap situation. Through hard work and critical thinking, Gettleman was able to restructure the contracts of several veterans in order to get under the cap.
Carolina will certainly miss cornerback Chris Gamble, but he was injury prone and the team simply could not afford to retain his services. Considering that Gamble decided to retire after being let go, it's hard to argue with Gettleman's decision to cut ties with the Ohio State product.
The NFL season never really ends, as evidenced by the following buzz that has the ears of Panthers' fans.