2. Dallas Cowboys: They had to cut Ware, they haven't been able to re-sign Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher signed with the rival Washington Redskins. All of a sudden, the defensive line has gone from known quantities to George Selvie, Frank Kearse, Nick Hayden and Jeremy Mincey. The Cowboys switched to a 4-3 defense last year and now they are scrambling to find four quality defensive linemen.
3. Carolina Panthers: Two areas of weakness got weaker during the first couple of days of free agency. Steve Smith was cut, Ted Ginn Jr. signed with Arizona, Domenik Hixon left for Chicago and Brandon LaFell is a free agent. If LaFell leaves, the Panthers will have to rebuild the entire wide receiving corps. The secondary is another area of concern. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Mike Mitchell left for different teams. There are also holes along the offensive line with the retirement of left tackle Jordan Gross, and guards Geoff Hangartner and Travelle Wharton being unsigned.
4. Kansas City Chiefs: This is where success hurts. Andy Reid did a great job of coaching the Chiefs to an 11-win playoff season. Now, other teams want his players. The Chiefs took major hits along the offensive line, losing Albert to Miami, Jon Asamoah to Atlanta and Geoff Schwartz to the Giants. Good thing the draft is deep for offensive linemen. The Chiefs also lost defensive end Jackson and wide receiver Dexter McCluster.
5. Running backs and wide receivers: Golden Tate (Detroit) and Eric Decker ( New York Jets) were able to get more than $6 million-a-year deals, but the rest of the deep free-agent crop of receivers might struggle to get that type of money. Julian Edelman is nowhere in talks with the Patriots. Hakeem Nicks took a one-year deal with the Colts. The running back class might not have a single player get more than $5 million a year. Ben Tate has the best chance. Darren McFadden had to settle for $1.75 million on a one-year deal to go back to Oakland. The other backs have been getting around $3.5 million.