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Carolina Panthers free-agency overview: Upgrades needed at QB and O-line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers enter free agency coming off a 5-11 season in 2020 and have 17 unrestricted free agents.

Upgrading the quarterback position and rebuilding an offensive line that has only one starter under contract is the priority. Neither the owner, head coach nor general manager has endorsed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, opening the door for Carolina to go after a veteran, as they did in Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, or drafting one.

Stay tuned on Houston’s Deshaun Watson, who has asked for a trade.

Here’s what to expect from the Panthers when the NFL offseason hits high gear with the start of free agency on March 17: