Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) - defensive end Anthony Spencer (93) - linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) - defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) - linebacker Bruce Carter (54) - nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) and cornerback Brandon Carr (39) on the line of scrimmage before a play during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Some teams still have glaring needs in free agency

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.

Tags: Carolina Panthers Dallas Cowboys Indianapolis Colts New England Patriots New York Giants New York Jets Oakland Raiders Tennessee Titans Washington Redskins

  • Old Frog

    Well then. Forget Melton unless he’s dirt cheap.

  • Scott.

    Disagree with you Jeff. Melton would be an upgrade compared to last year. Couple that with bass and Crawford and they will be a lot more competitive in the defensive trench

  • Earl Robertson

    If Dallas gets 3 players from the draft to fit the 43 that is the way to go instead of trying to fix it by getting high price older guys

  • Willy

    Thats it? What do those listed teams need?

  • Panther Hines

    The Panthers wr corps was already really bad the last several years, with our without Smitty. Burn it down, build it again. They can still add some guys and have a better corps than they’ve had in years:
    Austin, Britt, Cotchery, Alexander, Collie, Ford, DHB, Burleson, Manningham plus a very deep draft at wr, the sky isn’t falling
    If they added Austin, Cotchery, Alexander and drafted a wr in the 1st round and double dottedlateron, you could argue that would be the best group they’ve ever had

    • Panther Hines

      Double dipped later on*