The Panthers wanted to extend RB Jonathan Stewart's contract earlier this offseason, but were unable to strike a long-term deal.
They've not given up hope of doing so.
"I definitely hope things work out," Stewart said. "I want to be back. I think we have a lot of weapons on offense and we can be a dangerous team."
Stewart's fate was probably sealed by the contract that DeAngelo Williams signed last year. Fantasy owners who are in keeper leagues may want to target Stewart on the chance that he signs elsewhere next summer. He'll be a 26-year-old free agent in 2013 and has the talent to be a top 10 RB if he were to get a full workload.