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February 23, 2007

Dillon a Panther? It might make sense

Just a thought here: But, if the Patriots grant running back Corey Dillon the release he reportedly has asked for, wouldn't it make sense for the Panthers to make a run at the NFL's active leading rusher?

Dillon has ties to new offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson, who used to be an assistant with the Patriots. He's also a proven entity and more of a power runner than anyone the Panthers have. Pairing him with DeAngelo Williams could be a nice combination of power and speed.

Dillon, 32, does have some miles on him. He also had some problems when he was with the Bengals, but has been a model citizen since joining the Patriots. The Panthers also have running back DeShaun Foster, but Dillon could be something to think about.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 23, 2007 at 05:58 PM | Permalink


No, the Panthers don't want anything to do with Dillon. He's definitely past his prime, and doesn't have any gas left in the tank. At best he would be a situational back, and not a great one at that. The Panthers need to plan for the future and focus on getting a young back who can grow with the team for years to come. Picking up Dillon won't win or lose them a single game.

Posted by: Paul | Feb 24, 2007 9:38:07 AM

Screw the future! This team needs to win next season! We aren't getting any younger.

If Dillion can give us ONE solid year, I say let's bring him in. I like the idea of having a solid running back for a change.

I think John Fox is on his last rope... and it's about time, this team started acting like a club that needs to win, rather than wants to win.

Posted by: Todd | Feb 24, 2007 10:32:30 AM

Nooooo. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. I'm friends with Pats fans and have watched my fair share of Corey Dillon the past couple years - he's toast. Done. Can't run more than 3 yards a pop, if that. Runs straight to the sideline more often than not.

Why is this even a blog subject? This would be a total, unmitigated disaster. I've watched the Pats games, I've seen it with my own two eyes. No.

Posted by: Paul K. | Feb 24, 2007 3:40:18 PM

The guy wants to leave because he can't live with 8-10 carries/game. Why? Not because he's looking to add a new dimension to a team, but because he needs to pile up as much yardage as he can to supplement his numbers. He thinks he's a Hall of Fame candidate and wants to pad his late career yardage. He could care less about helping a team win, it's all about his numbers.

Posted by: Steve | Feb 24, 2007 7:00:56 PM

If we don't clear significant salary cap space, all these dreams of signing guys like London Fletcher (where did the Baker come from?) are just dreams.

Posted by: Ron | Feb 25, 2007 10:41:41 PM

Dillon is NOT going to Carolina. I don't think people realize how expensive the panthers backfield is already (whether its playing well or not) D-Williams and Foster are eating up a lot of cap so there's no way we go out and pay for some old run out piece of junk (not to completely bash Dillon, but come on man your done)

I would rather try out Shelton hes been effective when he actually plays (you know 6 carries every 8 games) and its less risk than paying Dillon and far younger.

Posted by: Gamble | Feb 27, 2007 10:37:10 PM

Remember Stephen Davis…???... He was viewed to be past his prime and he gave us an awesome couple of years... Not saying Dillon could be our future, but he could be an immediate impact player and an excellent tutor for Deangelo Williams...

Just a thought...

Posted by: Tommy | Feb 28, 2007 11:49:00 AM

I would rather see the Cats try to nab Jamal Lewis, he seems to be more of a bruising back than Dillon... legal issues aside.

Posted by: Gabe | Mar 1, 2007 8:58:27 AM

Come on, I went to college with DeAngelo and in my opinion the Panthers drafted him for a reason. Trade Foster for a MLB and let DeAngelo do what he does best. Give him the carries and you all will be pleasantly surprised at his strength and toughness if he gets the carries on a regular basis.

Posted by: Kris | Mar 1, 2007 9:15:51 AM

I agree on dumping Foster and have Deangelo be the #1 guy... but we need a veteran for depth and to help tutor Deangelo

Posted by: Tommy | Mar 1, 2007 10:28:29 AM

The Panthers problems were overrated. Jake made three bad decisions that cost us games by throwing interceptions in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Also, Gamble's punt return-pass-fumble that let Minnesota steal a win from us was the coaches fault for approving the play. So subtract those mistakes with better coaching (Henning was fired, finally), get healthy offensive lineman who start all 16 games together, a healthy MLB to play all 16 games (London Fletcher) and a pass catching TE, and we're on our way to the 07 division crown.

Posted by: charlson | Mar 1, 2007 10:42:13 AM

'bout time we actually got a fan on this site with an optimistic outlook!!!

I'm very disappointed in last year’s season, but I think we were only a good running game away from being a dominant force...

I am excited about the coming season and can't wait to see how our new o-coordinator works out!

Posted by: Tommy | Mar 1, 2007 10:47:53 AM

If carolina wants to get steve smith into the passing game again they need to align there weels. Dump foster pick up jamal lewis and cram that rock. O cordinator knows how to do that. He can get the o line pumped up. With this game plan play action will bring some espn highlights.

Posted by: steve | Mar 1, 2007 12:00:20 PM

Carolina is a running team. With that said, get the need to let foster go and pick up a new running back that can punish teams. After diangelo breaks out on a big play or makes the defence tired, bring in jamal and burn up time. Our defence will remain fresh and the opposing off will never get in to a rithm with our pass rush and our shut down db's

Posted by: mark | Mar 1, 2007 12:06:18 PM

How long is Foster's contract anyway? Trade the guy now while he still has some value. Denver needs a feature back and Foster would fit the bill. Bet there's a deal to be made there.

Posted by: Bob | Mar 3, 2007 10:38:32 AM

since morgan's coming back, we need to pick up joey porter, trade foster for a better O-line man and let d-williams run the ball.

Posted by: mark | Mar 4, 2007 8:45:13 PM

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