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February 27, 2006

Foster's agent: RB loves Carolina

Staff writer Stan Olson steps in for Pat Yasinskas to give us some insights from the NFL Combine last week in Indianapolis:

Although the Carolina Panthers placed the transition tag on running back Deshaun Foster, his agent doesn't sound bitter.

"It's just one of those things you have to deal with when it happens," David Dunn said at the NFL combine last week. "DeShaun loves it in Carolina; he loves it.

"He adores the ownership. (Owner) Jerry Richardson's concern as he went through his surgery (for a broken ankle) and has gone through his recovery has been just inspirational. And I think they both realize they're both good people. But we'll see how it plays out."

Foster broke his right ankle in the Jan. 15 divisional playoff at Chicago.

Under the transition tag, Foster must be paid $5,153,000 this season - the average of last year's top 10 salaries for running backs. That's more than he made in his first four years combined. If another team makes him a better offer, Carolina has the right to match it within seven days. The move also leaves the door open to negotiate a long-term contract, but Foster, 26, is young and the team would like to be more certain of his durability before signing him to a lengthy contract.

The one-year tender will not be guaranteed until the beginning of the regular season.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 27, 2006 at 12:51 AM | Permalink


If another team offers Foster more money than the Panthers are willing to spend on an oft-injured running back, what are your thoughts about recently released Mike Anderson as the featured running back? The Panthers could get him for a reasonable price and he is a more complete player than Foster. He can take the goal-line carries that previously went to Stephen Davis, as well as having enough speed to be effective between the 20s. Foster has a lot of potential, but he has yet to make it through an entire season without suffering an injury. They could also draft a running back this year since Anderson probably only has a couple more good years left.

Posted by: Kevin | Mar 4, 2006 9:57:24 PM

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