When the Carolina Panthers' offseason began, what needed to be done between January and August was very clear-cut and simple. Those tasks were to find a way to retain Greg Hardy with little cap room to work with, attempt to re-sign a few key players from last year and sign contributing players in the market at an affordable price.
Alas, it was not as simple as it appeared to be.
Carolina saw every single wide receiver who caught a pass last season leave the team—the tip of the iceberg being the controversial release of veteran receiver Steve Smith. The frustration of the fanbase was showing more everyday, as it seemed as though Dave Gettleman and his staff were taking a very lethargic approach to the free-agency period.
Throw in a couple of minor, under-the-radar signings and player retirements, and this team has had an interesting offseason—but for completely surprising reasons.
With the draft taking place next month, there is still work to do be done. The Panthers aren't quite finished with evaluating the current free-agent pool and could make another signing or two in the next few weeks. Here are a few things that have been done at this stage of the NFL offseason and what is left to be done.