The Carolina Panthers have some important choices to make this offseason, particularly in the form of difficult personnel decisions. They have already taken care of stud pass-rusher Greg Hardy by slapping him with the franchise tag, via NFL.com, and will now need to address their other roster needs as soon as possible.
One of their most notable holes is at wide receiver, but that may have been leapfrogged by the need for a starting-caliber tackle to replace Jordan Gross.
The 11-year vet announced his retirement last week, via NFL.com, leaving Carolina in desperate need of a new blocker, which they may hold in a higher regard than a new receiver.
Aside from that, there has recently been some talk in the Charlotte Observer of the potential departure of Steve Smith—not to retirement like Gross, but in a cap-saving move that would allow the Panthers some more wiggle room in free agency.
These are just some of the issues Carolina must resolve before the season's start, and we will see them succeed or fail soon enough.
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