The NFL free-agency period is a week old, and the Carolina Panthers have been relatively quiet as many expected. Facing a less-than-ideal salary-cap limit, general manager Dave Gettleman appears to be watching the market play out and letting things cool off before offering contracts to any players of note. This strategy could backfire, as notable free-agent targets like Anthony Collins and Hakeem Nicks signed elsewhere after showing interest in the Panthers.
There is still some quality talent out there, but Carolina will not overpay to get what they want. It is likely that the longest contract they will offer will be three years, as the front office looks poised to continue last year's trend of offering one-year deals.
This slideshow will list the possible targets for the Carolina Panthers based on need and rank them in ascending order according to importance. Expect to see a lot of offensive positions in this presentation since that unit needs a lot of work.
Stats and free-agent lists provided by Rotoworld.