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Carolina Panthers’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

The Carolina Panthers' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

Carolina Panthers' Offseason Mistakes
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Cam Newton and Ron Rivera led the Carolina Panthers to a 12-win season in 2013, but 2014 is not looking very bright. With several key loses and signing poor replacements, the Panthers will have a difficult time trying to win the NFC South.

Here are the five biggest offseason mistakes for the Carolina Panthers so far.

5. Losing Captain Munnerlyn

Captain Munnerlyn
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5. Losing Captain Munnerlyn

Captain Munnerlyn
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The Panthers' defense that ranked sixth against the pass in 2013 will look very different without Captain Munnerlyn. With three sacks, two interceptions and 73 total tackles, this cornerback will be sorely missed.

4. Not Adding Youth To Running Back Committee

Carolina Panthers' Running Backs
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4. Not Adding Youth To Running Back Committee

Carolina Panthers' Running Backs
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Even though the Panthers ranked 11th in rushing yards this past season, the team desperately needs to add some youth to the running back position. With the 30-year-old DeAngelo Williams and the 27-year-old Jonathan Stewart leading the attack, injury and sluggishness will eventually sideline these backs.

3. Signing Ed Dickson

Ed Dickson
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3. Signing Ed Dickson

Ed Dickson
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Carolina desperately needed more options for Cam Newton, but signing Ed Dickson was not the answer. Tight end Greg Olsen has posted the best numbers of his career with Newton, and the money given to Dickson could have been spent somewhere else.

2. Poor Replacements At Wide Receiver

Jason Avant
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2. Poor Replacements At Wide Receiver

Jason Avant
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After releasing Steve Smith, the Panthers were in desperate need of finding players that Cam Newton could throw the ball to. While the 34-year-old Smith may not be as quick as he once was, the signing of Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery can hardly be considered a solid replacement plan.

1. Releasing Steve Smith

Steve Smith Released
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1. Releasing Steve Smith

Steve Smith Released
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Not only has Steve Smith been a Carolina Panther since 2001, but he also became one of Cam Newton's favorite receivers. It would have been admirable if Smith could have finished his career in Carolina, but the city of Baltimore will not complain about signing Joe Flacco's newest target.