Dave Gettleman shocked the league when he yanked the franchise tag from All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman and decided to rely on unheralded rookies. But the Panthers general manager has been making frugal and counterintuitive maneuvers like this since taking the job in 2013; it’s how he vaulted Carolina from salary purgatory into one of the league’s best success stories. Don’t expect him to become any more predictable in 2016. The defending NFC champions face another dicey contract situation with ascending defensive tackle Kawann Short—and who knows what else could happen?
— Emily Kaplan