As NFL free agents continue to drop off the board, some teams are signing every player they can get their hands on. Other teams without major needs are taking a wait-and-see approach with perhaps the draft as their target.
On the completely other side of the fence, a few teams are in dangerous waters without a paddle when it comes to restocking certain positions in free agency.
Around the League writer Chris Wesseling recently identified a couple of those teams, starting with the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.
1. Cowboys defensive line: Unable to afford DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher, the Cowboys have a fair claim to the league’s shallowest defensive front. Signing Henry Melton would help, but it’s still a downgrade in talent and productivity.
2. Panthers wide receiver: On the same day that Steve Smith signed with the Ravens, the Panthers landed a blocking tight end with five career receptions — three more than all wide receivers on the roster combined. After missing out on hometown hero Hakeem Nicks, there’s pressure to land James Jones.
Other teams that Wesseling identified include the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans.
These teams all have huge needs in free agency and better get after it before the well runs dry.