LaBrandon Toefield, the Carolina Panthers’ latest free agency acquisition, will not be getting a big payday, according to the Gaston Gazette.
The Panthers signed versatile linebacker Landon Johnson from the Cincinnati Bengals to a three-year, $10 million contract early in the day and then came back a few hours later and signed running back LaBrandon Toefield from the Jacksonville Jaguars to a one-year contract worth a modest $640,000.
The Panthers were in the market for a big running back and the 5-foot-11, 235-pound Toefield clearly fits that role. He figures to compete for a backup spot behind starter DeAngelo Williams.
“He’s a big back whose running style complements some of the guys we have (at running back),” said general manager Marty Hurney. “We were able to offer him of the some of the guys we have. We were able to give him an opportunity he wanted.”
Toefield, 27, has been buried on the depth chart behind Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.
In five seasons with the Jaguars he carried 163 times for 572 yards (3.5 ypc) with seven touchdowns. His best season came in 2005 when he carried 36 times for 142 yards with four touchdowns.
Last season he played in only two games and gained 27 yards on 13 carries.
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