--LB Chris Draft did well filling in for Dan Morgan in the middle, but not a player the Panthers want to rely on to start 16 games because of his lack of size. Look for Draft to explore the free-agent market and see if he can make more money elsewhere.
--OT Todd Fordham will not be retained. The Panthers have four tackles ahead of him going into next year. Don't be surprised if his career is over.
--OT Dave Kadela technically has been in the league five years, but has played in only two career games, the last being in 2004. Will not be retained.
--DT Kindal Moorehead has been a backup defensive lineman for four years for Carolina. They like Moorehead fine, but they won't overpay to bring him back.
--C Scott Peters has played in only four games in his career and spent last season on injured reserve. He's not expected to return.
--TE Mike Seidman is coming off a torn ACL and has just 16 catches in four years. Don't expect him back this year.
--S Shaun Williams started most of last season for Carolina, but wasn't a difference maker and probably will not return.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--DT Jordan Carstens (tendered at $1.3M with 2nd-round pick as compensation) was sidelined last year with a blood clot in his lung. He was inactive for all but one game before that.
--WR Drew Carter (tendered at $1.3M with 2nd-round pick as compensation) still has yet to tap into his full potential. Panthers definitely want him to return because he's a solid deep threat. Carolina would like to lock him up long term.
--TE Michael Gaines (tendered at $1.3M with 2nd-round pick as compensation) surprisingly received more than the minimum tender.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
--S Nate Salley, a fourth-round pick, was cut last year and then brought back. He rarely played.
--QB Brett Basanez: ERFA; terms unknown.
--LB Na'il Diggs: UFA; terms unknown.
--CB Christian Morton: ERFA; terms unknown.
--S Cam Newton: ERFA; terms unknown.
--RB Steven Jackson: ERFA; terms unknown.
--WR Kevin Youngblood; terms unknown
--LB Vinny Ciurciu (UFA Vikings; $3M/3 yrs).
--WR Karl Hankton (released).
--TE Kris Mangum (retired).
--S Kevin McCadam (released).
--DE Al Wallace (released).