Originally posted on Charlotte Observer  |  Last updated 11/19/11
The key players on the Panthers' roster will remain largely intact through the 2012 season and, in many cases, longer than that. A position-by-position analysis by Observer columnist Scott Fowler: Quarterbacks: The electrifying Cam Newton has made the team relevant again. He's signed through the 2014 season, but expect the Panthers to use all means at their disposal (franchise tags and so on) to make sure they never let him go. Veteran backup Derek Anderson has a deal that expires at the end of this season and has enough value the Panthers will likely try to keep him. The Panthers aren't ready to throw Jimmy Clausen, the third-string quarterback, away either and plan to keep him in a backup role for the foreseeable future.
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