CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With 57 players either under contract or set to be tendered -- including 20 of 22 projected starters -- the Panthers don't have as many crucial personnel decisions to make this offseason.
At least not nearly as many as last year.
Most of Carolina's 11 soon-to-be unrestricted free agents are role players, although some were forced into the starting lineup this past year due to injuries, including linebackers Dan Connor and Jordan Senn, wide receiver Legedu Naanee and guard Geoff Hangartner.
The most recognizable name on the list is starting tight end Jeremy Shockey, who fits well in the offense but turns 32 in August.
Other notable unrestricted free agents include backup quarterback Derek Anderson, defensive end Antwan Applewhite, linebacker Omar Gaither, guard Mackenzy Bernadeau and long snapper J.J. Jansen.