CHARLOTTE -- The Panthers are facing a decent amount of uncertainty this offseason in many areas, and that extends to the future of the roster.
They have a higher-than-usual number of unrestricted free agents (17), which was built into the plan of a rebuilding year to create flexibility for 2021 and beyond.
That comes with some issues, as 80 percent of the projected starting offensive will be eligible for unrestricted free agency, with tackles Taylor Moton and Russell Okung and guards John Miller and Chris Reed becoming UFAs (along with backups Michael Schofield and Tyler Larsen).
Wide receiver Curtis Samuel may have performed to the degree which will make him hard to retain, despite previous attempts to keep him in Charlotte.
Here's a look at the list of players who are hitting free agency this spring:
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
*Players become unrestricted free agents if they have four or more accrued seasons when their contract expires. Restricted free agents have three accrued seasons, and exclusive rights free agents have two or fewer accrued seasons. The Panthers can tender a contract and then match any offer made by another team to their restricted free agents, while exclusive rights free agents will either be offered and accept a contract from the Panthers or not be offered a contract and become a free agent.