Versatile running back Mike Tolbert (San Diego) was the biggest name in Carolina's understated free agent class. Wide receiver Steve Smith received a three-year contract extension that also created some much-needed cap space. Significant losses:
The Panthers didn't make a strong push to retain linebacker Dan Connor, who signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with Dallas. Top draft needs:
The defensive front seven, especially at defensive tackle. The Panthers surrendered 130.8 yards a game and 18 rushing touchdowns in 2011. Analysis:
The Panthers didn't duplicate last year's offseason spending spree that generated mixed results. The Tolbert signing was a surprise considering the Panthers still have running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in the fold. Grade:
C- Alex Marvez
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