I read an article at Pro Football Focus yesterday ranking the top 51 free agents this year, and Panthers DE Charles Johnson is ranked #2, RB DeAngelo Williams #13, while OLB James Anderson is ranked #29, the only Panthers listed. Here is the link.
Editor's Update: I decided to turn the list of free agents in this post into a poll...comments about each follow...after the jump...
Obviously we are assuming #2 Charles Johnson, D-Will and Anderson return to the Panthers, hence they are not included in the list (Editor's comments in italics)
21. WR Malcolm Floyd (Chargers) - Would be a nice edition if Smitty does not return but could be a great addition regardless of whether Smitty leaves or not
27. TE Zach Miller (Raiders) - With Shockey on board the need at TE is lessened
30. S Eric Weddle (Chargers) - Same as Manning
36. CB Johnathon Joseph (Bengals) - Could start right away regardless of whether Richard Marshall returns or not
41. DE Jacob Ford (Titans) - Intriguing player but I like our young players at the position
42. WR Steve Smith (Giants) - SS2 could fill SS1' shoes in name at least
44. OLB Quincy Black (Bucs) - Who?
46. CB Chris Carr (Ravens) - A cheaper option than Joseph?
49. LB Justin Durant (Jaguars) - Don't see the fit
50. CB Ike Taylor (Steelers) - Another nice option at CB