Just three days ago, we mentioned in an article posted here on Cat Crave that rumors were being floated that the Carolina Panthers may be shopping DeShaun Foster around the league. Now, a new report on ESPN tells us that there may be some truth to this.
The sources said several teams have expressed interest in Foster, but wouldn’t specify which ones. If Foster has any say, he might end up with a team on the West Coast because he grew up in California. A combination of several injuries and having to play behind Stephen Davis early in his career have kept Foster from ever becoming the true feature back the Panthers thought they were getting when they selected him in the second round out of UCLA in 2002.
Foster played a 16-game season for the first time in his career in 2007 and had a career-high 247 carries, but averaged only 3.5 yards and scored three touchdowns. After struggling to run the ball with any consistency the last two seasons, the Panthers have pledged to have a more productive ground game in 2008.
DeAngelo Williams looked good in ’07 and may be asked to carry the load next season. But the team is also looking to become more physical which could indicate that they are interested in obtaining more of a power runner in free agency or the draft.
No teams were mentioned as potential suitors in the article nor was the compensation that could be received by the Panthers. But it’s pretty clear that the team wants to part ways with Foster and they are exploring their options in order to get something back for him.