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The Carolina Panthers entered 2017 with high hopes. Cameron Newton had become one of the best in the league with an MVP under his belt already. Add into that a loaded defense and revamped offense and 2017 had the makings of a special season for the Panthers. They finished the regular season 11-5, good for the 5th seed in the NFC playoffs. Their Super Bowl aspirations were dashed on Wild Card weekend in New Orleans as they went down 31-26. So what did they do this offseason to build on their 2017 success?

Prior to the start of free agency, they released three veterans of note, “ball hawk” safety Kurt Coleman, defensive end Charles Johnson, and running back Jonathan Stewart. Their first signing was the extension of kicker Graham Gano, who has become one of the better ones in the league. In addition, they also extended future hall of fame defensive end Julius Peppers. Next, they traded for speedy wide receiver Torrey Smith from the Eagles. Smith has bounced around the league a little and is looking to settle down for a while now. In free agency, the Panthers made three moves of note, signing defensive tackle Dontari Poe, wide receiver Jarius Wright, and safety Da’Norris Searcy. Late in free agency, they extended center Tyler Larsen, extended tight end Greg Olsen, and claimed quarterback Taylor Heinecke off waivers to potentially back up Newton.

For the draft, the Panthers ended up with eight selections and used them well. In round one, they needed to continue to revamp their wide receivers and came away with D.J. Moore from Maryland. Their next two selections were cornerbacks, Donte Jackson from LSU, and Rashaan Gaulden from Tennessee. Next, they went back to offense and grabbed tight end Ian Thomas from Indiana, who they could potentially grow into Greg Olsen’s replacement. They spent the remainder of the draft added depth on defense- outside linebacker Marquis Haynes from Mississippi, cornerback Jermaine Carter from Maryland, inside linebacker Andre Smith from North Carolina, and defensive lineman Kendrick Norton from Miami. The Panthers have a revamped offense and a more balanced team this year. They may be one of the big favorites to win the whole thing.

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