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Greg Olsen last season became the first Panthers tight end to lead the team in receiving since 1997 – and that was before the team held a fire sale at the wide receiver position.

Recently acquired cornerback Antoine Cason will arrive in Charlotte in two weeks for the start of the Carolina Panthers’ offseason workouts. He’s already preparing for the jokes.

Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman must find replacements for Steve Smith and Jordan Gross in addition to replacing the backup players he signed a year ago who became keys in helping the team reach the NFL playoffs.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn’t have ankle surgery immediately after the season because he thought the pain would dissipate during the offseason and he’d be able to play through it without requiring surgery.

The Carolina Panthers entered free agency needing a left tackle to replace the retired Jordan Gross and a receiver to step in for the cast-off Steve Smith. To this point they’ve signed neither, while watching five starters go elsewhere.

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has a long to-do list, but here are some players he could look to in NFL free agency to check some of the boxes.

At Jordan Gross’ retirement press conference, general manager Dave Gettleman and wideout Steve Smith didn’t speak to each other. But the manager will have to decide the future role – and pay – for the Panthers’ great.

Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith has been the face of the franchise – sometimes scowling, sometimes smiling – for most of the past decade, and he deserves a spot on the team’s Ring of Honor after he retires.

For the second offseason in a row, the Carolina Panthers seem to be slow-playing cornerback Captain Munnerlyn as free agency approaches.

On the surface, the Carolina Panthers appear to be much in better shape with regards to the salary cap than they were a year ago – until you factor in the Kraken Situation. ... Greg Hardy’s pending free agency presents a very real issue for the Panthers.

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Joseph Person
Joseph Person covers the Carolina Panthers and the NFL for the Charlotte Observer. You can reach him by email.