Predicting Which of the Carolina Panthers Free Agents Return in 2014

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Predicting Which of the Carolina Panthers Free Agents Return in 2014
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The Carolina Panthers are still dealing with the fallout of the Marty Hurney era. While he did put together a competitive unit as the team's general manager, he was heavily criticized for signing many players to large contracts. Just like last year, this will be the Achilles' heel for a team trying to retain their free agents and sign others from around the league.


Carolina has 20 unrestricted free agents per Spotrac. As much as current general manager Dave Gettleman would like to bring all of them back, it is not in the cards. Already, he has to figure out how to go about signing Cam Newton to an extension, while deciding to keep Greg Hardy via the franchise tag or a new contract or just letting him walk.


The future looks bright for the Panthers, but they cannot afford to lose some key players to free agency or retirement. Per the Charlotte Observer, as Carolina enters February, they will be $11.2 million under the salary cap, but that figure will change upon the start of the new league year.


So, who will return to don the black and blue in 2014?


The next several slides will discuss the Panthers' unrestricted free agents and the possibility of them returning to Charlotte for the 2014 season.


 


Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com and Panthers.com.

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