There are only two true needs going into next year. RG and UT. RG can be upgraded through FA for a reasonble price. It is that pesky UT position that you have to make the tougher decisions. Go young and hope, try to reenergize an aging vet, hope your own kids have grown into the position, or spend money on a proven vet. Are all ways you can address the UT position.
Our Oline barely has enough starting caliber talent let alone any depth. RG upgrade through FA goes a long way to solving both problems. RG and depth is needed. The Oline as a whole is a crucial point of the offseason.
TE is another position you can upgrade with a FA, Although at this position, this year, you get what you pay for. Lots of mid level TE, as well a quite a few top level ones. Not truely a need, but upgrading this position makes us better.
WR is a touchy situation. Do we have enough to compete? Do we want to invest in the future with a draft pick? Or do we go the FA route and spend money we don't really have. Not truely a need. But an upgrade could be a valueable addition.
Dline is in good shape. But if we want to improve, the UT position needs to be addressed. Another one of those, you get what you pay for, positions. Not sure how Gettlemen will play this one, but it is a need that needs to be filled.
The secondary played solid at the end of the year. So it is going to be interesting to see what we do here. We have no depth, or true #1CB, so something must be done. Excited to see how this one plays out. Not a true need, but upgrading the core should be near the top of the list.
Carolina also needs help in the secondary after allowing opponents to complete 47.2 percent of passes of more than 20 yards downfield last season. That number was the worst in the league.