Carolina hasn’t been very active in free agency so far: the biggest moves were re-signing kicker Graham Gano (4-year deal/$12M) and using the franchise tag on defensive end Greg Hardy ($13.1M). Other than that they only let players go. Their 2013 receiving core is gone, basically: Steve Smith “will not play another snap with the Panthers” as his agent reported, Ted Ginn visited the Bucs, Brandon LaFell is expected to visit the New England Patriots and Domenik Hixon is gone too.
The Panthers will try to bring in former NY Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to replace Steve Smith. As of now the No. 1 receiver is Tavarres King so Nicks is just the first of many wide receivers that the Panthers will take a look at.
On the defensive side Carolina lost two starting players from their secondary: free safety Mike Mitchell signed a 5-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is scheduled to visit with the NY Jets, the Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not huge losses in my opinion, as Carolina defense relies on their front seven to create enormous pressure on opposing quarterbacks to be successful.
They might replace Mitchell with a well-known free agent safety: Roman Harper. The former Saint is scheduled to visit the Panthers in the next few days. Stay tuned for more updates.