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Panthers Say They Will Be Aggressive in Free Agency

Owner Jerry Richardson says his team’s main priority will be to re-sign their own free agents, but will be aggressive in free agency.

“We’re going to concentrate on our own first,” says Richardson. “(General Manager) Marty (Hurney) and his team have a plan and when we get the green light we will be going wide open.”

As of right now, the Panthers have one of the NFL’s lowest payrolls heading into 2011, with 47 players signed and nine unsigned exclusive rights and restricted free agents. Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil has been designated the franchise player, which will add in excess of $10 million to the team’s cap number, which the team can lower with a long-term extension.

The Panthers will also look to re-sign defensive end Charles Johnson, who turned 25 this month and posted 11.5 quarterback sacks in 2010. Linebackers James Anderson and Thomas Davis may also be re-signed, as could cornerback Richard Marshall.

Anderson, Davis, and Marshall were denied unrestricted free agency last year. Davis tore his ACL during a non-contact drill during the OTAs and missed all of last season.

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