The Panthers surprisingly rescinded the franchise tag initially placed on Josh Norman, and everything about the situation suggests there may be more at play than simply the inability to strike a long-term deal.
In order to take pressure off Peyton Manning, Denver's defense and running game must perform well. Carolina sports one of the NFL's best run defenses. Which team will come out on top when Denver runs the ball?
Hitting on top-10 picks like Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly gave Carolina a foundation on both sides of the ball, but with twice as many undrafted free agents (18) as first-round picks (nine) on the current roster, General Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera have led the Panthers on an unconventional route to Super Bowl 50.