No rest for the weary in the NFL

Updated: February 3, 2004, 9:39 AM ET
By By Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider
Editor's note: Scouts, Inc., begins its offseason NFL coverage with a look at the issues and decisions facing the Patriots and Panthers as they prepare for free agency and the draft. Beginning next week, the Scouts will offer the same on every NFL team.

Carolina Panthers
This offseason will be a challenge for one of the most surprising Super Bowl teams in recent memory. The Panthers have several key unrestricted free agents, a number of restricted free agents, and all at a time when money is tighter than Christina Aguilera's thong.