Assuming they get a new collective bargaining agreement done, NFL Free Agency is scheduled to begin on March 3, 2011. I'm going to go through every team between now and then and identify their top five free agents and determine what should be done with each player, be it resign them or let them walk. I'm going to go team by team in draft order, and that starts me with the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers have the first pick in the draft so it's safe to say their last season was a disaster. They went just 2-14 and finished last in the NFL in points per games, yards per game and passing yards per game. Making matters worse for them, of the little talent this team has, many of the better players are without contracts for next year.
New Head Coach Ron Rivera has a big job ahead of him trying to identify the talent level of this roster. He has to decide if he can improve his team by just adding a few guys, or if he should go the route Pete Carroll went with the Seattle Seahawks and overturn most of the roster. I've identified their five most important free agents and will decide whether these guys are worth keeping or need to be jettisoned from the roster.