Scouts Inc has released grades on each teams free agency to date and they are not impressed with the Panthers as you see below. I'm sure this piece was posted before today's trade for Bruce Campbell was announced. I wonder if that might have increased their grade a little given the last sentence regarding o-line needs.
Analysis: The Panthers spent everything they had last year during free agency, so they weren't buyers this time around. They did make a curious signing with Tolbert, though. Of course, this coaching staff is very familiar with Tolbert and any team would love to add an overall contributor like him, but it could be argued that running back was the last position Carolina needed to spend more money on. Will another shoe drop on this in the form of a trade of Jonathan Stewart or DeAngelo Williams? The Panthers also could stand to add some offensive line reinforcements after losing three in free agency.
The Panthers haven't done much but I think that was the plan all along so I'm not worried about low 'grades' on such a narrow view of the Panthers overall offseason.
I've got as little more discussion and a poll after the jump...
I wouldn't say the Panthers have lost more value than they've gained. When you consider now getting Bruce Campbell I think the Panthers free agency to date is more of an even trade off and would warrant a 'C' grade in my view. If I was going to spend time trying to grade free agency that is.
Looking at the grades for the NFC South:
He gave the Falcons a C+ when all they did was re-sign their free agents for the most part and let LB Curtis Loften walk.
Falcons Key additions: CB Brent Grimes (franchised), DE John Abraham (re-sign), C Todd McClure (re-sign), DE Kroy Biermann (re-sign), S Thomas DeCoud (re-sign), WR Harry Douglas (re-sign), LBLofa Tatupu, RB Jason Snelling (re-sign), G Vince Manuwai, QB Chris Redman (re-sign)
Key losses: LB Curtis Lofton, WR Eric Weems
The Bucs were given an A- but its hard to argue with that given they landed two of the biggest free agents in WR Vincent Jackson and OG Carl Nicks.
Bucs Key additions: G Carl Nicks, WR Vincent Jackson, CB Eric Wright, DE Michael Bennett (re-sign), G Jeremy Zuttah (re-sign), QB Dan Orlovsky, CB Ronde Barber (re-sign), T Jamon Meredith, KConnor Barth (franchised)
Key losses: QB Josh Johnson, C Jeff Faine
The Saints were given a B:
How do you feel about the Panthers trade of RB Mike Goodson for OT Bruce Campbell?
Not good, we should have kept Goodson (9 votes)
Not good, we should have gotten more (26 votes)
Meh...neither is an impact player (99 votes)
Good, at least we got something for him (247 votes)
Good, we got good value for a guy that wasn't going to play anyway (296 votes)
677 total votes