With 2012 in the books for the Panthers, we're looking ahead -- to free agency, the draft and, ultimately, the 2013 season. Just six months to go.
Coming off a career-year in 2012, Carolina Panthers veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards hopes to return to the Panthers for the 2013 season. Edwards, an eight-year veteran, recorded a career-high six sacks and 52 tackles last season. The former Oregon State lineman may command a more lucrative contract than the one-year, $1.5 million deal he received in 2012.
Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense weren't able to build on 2011, but the Carolina defense showed strong improvement. Here's how the different components of the team graded out:

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