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Carolina Panthers

Impact moves: Versatile running back Mike Tolbert (San Diego) was the biggest name in Carolina's understated free agent class. Wide receiver Steve Smith received a three-year contract extension that also created some much-needed cap space.

Significant losses: The Panthers didn't make a strong push to retain linebacker Dan Connor, who signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with Dallas.

Top draft needs: The defensive front seven, especially at defensive tackle. The Panthers surrendered 130.8 yards a game and 18 rushing touchdowns in 2011.

Analysis: The Panthers didn't duplicate last year's offseason spending spree that generated mixed results. The Tolbert signing was a surprise considering the Panthers still have running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in the fold.

Grade: C
- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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