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Madden Freak
Stephen Davis is finished.De'Shaun Foster is an UFA after the season, and I don't think they're completely sold on him yet. Seems to operate better as a change of pace guy rather than the main guy.Eric Shelton looked poor before getting hurt.There's always Nick Goings.I wouldn't be surprised if they sign a UFA to play the Stephen Davis lead back role - and they could do a lot worse than Ahman Green. Like Davis when he joined them, Green is a talented guy with a couple of solid years left who could benefit from a change of scenery.

 
Stephen Davis is finished.

De'Shaun Foster is an UFA after the season, and I don't think they're completely sold on him yet. Seems to operate better as a change of pace guy rather than the main guy.

Eric Shelton looked poor before getting hurt.

There's always Nick Goings.

I wouldn't be surprised if they sign a UFA to play the Stephen Davis lead back role - and they could do a lot worse than Ahman Green. Like Davis when he joined them, Green is a talented guy with a couple of solid years left who could benefit from a change of scenery.
I agree. I think a healthy Ahman Green is a no-doubt top 10 NFL RB. I was going to target him while crossing my fingers and hoping he ended up signing with the Colts as a low budget Edge replacement.But I think Carolina seems to make even more sense. They have to be fed up with Foster's constant injuries and altogether teasing play...don't they?

 
How about Jamal Lewis - he could rejuvenate his career in Carolina, and his power running style would be a good fit.

 
They have to be fed up with Foster's constant injuries and altogether teasing play...don't they?
Well, the Panthers tried to sign/extend Foster prior to and during the season and he told them to pound sand, so they obviously think he's worth keeping around. IIRC, Foster felt he could make more money as a free agent.
 
I think they'll get a veteran one-year replacement type and see what they have in Sheltn. Way too early to put a fork in Shelton. Way, way too early. Perry looked weak before his rookie injury.

 
How about Jamal Lewis - he could rejuvenate his career in Carolina, and his power running style would be a good fit.
He'd be a great fit, but it looks like he's going to resign with the Ravens now.
 
Ricky Williams :unsure:
That's the other one I'm targeting. There are some risks involved, of course, but...*Both are under the magic "30 year old" barrier for RBs.

*Both have less wear & tear than usual the past couple of seasons.

*Both are true everydown RBs and workhorses with good receiving ability.

*Both have 1800 yd / 15+ TD seasons under their belt (not expecting a repeat, but an 1800 yd season is a good barometer of an elite talent).

Green & Ricky owners: you're on notice. I'm coming after them...and I'm not giving up equal 2006 value to get them.

 
I think Foster will be brought back and given first crack at claiming the job. He's not going to get the opportunity or money he expects in free agency, and he'll see Carolina as his best option. I don't think the Panthers will hesitate in bringing him back at a reasonable salary, maybe with an incentive laden contract.Shelton will be around and they'll still want to see what they have in him.If they bring in a veteran to compete, I wouldn't expect it to be a high profile guy; just someone to give Foster some token competition.

 
I'd say that whether or not Foster gets a big deal basically depends on how he does in the playoffs. He's only excelled against the Falcons so far -- if he goes over 100 against the Skins I think he's got a great chance of getting a big deal.

 
Ricky Williams :unsure:
This won't happen. Jerry Richardson has had to deal with the antics of Rae Carruth, Fred Lane, Mushin Muhammad, Kerry Collins, Steve Smith, Todd "Whiskey Sour"-brun, the recent steroid questions, etc., etc., etc... It's difficult enough to determine character issues from an unknown player, but the Panthers won't touch anyone with any kind of known history of any problem whatsoever.

Just my .02

 
I think they'll get a veteran one-year replacement type and see what they have in Sheltn. Way too early to put a fork in Shelton. Way, way too early. Perry looked weak before his rookie injury.
I'm not saying Shelton is anywhere near the talent that Larry Johnson is, but does anybody remember how terrible LJ looked his rookie year?I remember watching him a few times that season and thinking he looked like a joke of a back who got stood up at the line of scrimmage on 95% of his carries...and look at him now.

Some backs just take a little extra time to get some of the nuances of the game down and maybe Shelton is one of those guys.

 
I think they'll get a veteran one-year replacement type and see what they have in Sheltn.  Way too early to put a fork in Shelton.  Way, way too early.  Perry looked weak before his rookie injury.
I'm not saying Shelton is anywhere near the talent that Larry Johnson is, but does anybody remember how terrible LJ looked his rookie year?I remember watching him a few times that season and thinking he looked like a joke of a back who got stood up at the line of scrimmage on 95% of his carries...and look at him now.

Some backs just take a little extra time to get some of the nuances of the game down and maybe Shelton is one of those guys.
Just out of curiosity I looked back in our dynasty league history at the trades made as I was curious of what Larry Johnson was going for back in the day when he was thought of as a bust after his rookie season.He was drafted in our rookie draft at 1.04 on 5/1/03

And roughly one year later (after the completion of his rookie season) on 5/22/04 this trade went down and nobody even batted an eye at it...

RB- Travis Henry (Bills)

for

WR- Chris Chambers (Dolphins)

RB- Larry Johnson (Chiefs)

the better 2nd round rookie pick between two teams (conditional pick)

Oh, how times have changed hey!

 
I still see C.Taylor playing into the CAR rb mix............If they could get him at a relatively reasonable price, I think he would "hold down the fort" and give CAR time to evaluate E.Shelton. Who knows, C.Taylor might actually thrive there as the long term answer.

 
They'll go with Foster. But hope Shelton stays healthy and works hard to be a good backup/possible future RB (if Foster continues to be injury plagued)

 
I'm a Panthers fan and I'd love to see Najeh "Poops" Davenport play for us.
That's what I was thinking/hoping for. :ph34r: :davenport owner:
If you thought Foster was injury prone, wait'll you get a load of Najeh Davenport (no pun intended).
 
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Why would Ahman Green be a low cost Edge replacement? You don't think he can command the dollar?

 
I'm a Panthers fan and I'd love to see Najeh "Poops" Davenport play for us.
That's what I was thinking/hoping for. :ph34r: :davenport owner:
davenport is not worth it. See tony richardson.Shelton and Goings. Foster will be gone and davis is done.
:loco: WTF do Richardson and Najeh have in common?This looks like you're greatly underrating T-Rich's value to the Chiefs.

 
Why would Ahman Green be a low cost Edge replacement? You don't think he can command the dollar?
Edge wants top 3 money. Green will be lucky to get top 20 money. Green should cost 25-30% what Edge would. Green will probably be a back-up anyway.
 
De'Shaun Foster is an UFA after the season, and I don't think they're completely sold on him yet. Seems to operate better as a change of pace guy rather than the main guy.
The team management and coaching staff absolutely love Foster. I doubt they want to get rid of him. They believe he's an every down back, that he's both powerful and explosive. If they keep him they will feature him.I do agree though that he's going to get a shot for some more money through FA. I'd think there are a few teams out there that would want him.
 
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De'Shaun Foster is an UFA after the season, and I don't think they're completely sold on him yet. Seems to operate better as a change of pace guy rather than the main guy.
The team management and coaching staff absolutely love Foster. I doubt they want to get rid of him. They believe he's an every down back, that he's both powerful and explosive. If they keep him they will feature him.I do agree though that he's going to get a shot for some more money through FA. I'd think there are a few teams out there that would want him.
I'd love the Jets to take a run at him.
 
I think Davis will be back for short yardage carries, Foster will not get the money he wants elsewhere, so he be back too. :P

 
They have to be fed up with Foster's constant injuries and altogether teasing play...don't they?
Well, the Panthers tried to sign/extend Foster prior to and during the season and he told them to pound sand, so they obviously think he's worth keeping around. IIRC, Foster felt he could make more money as a free agent.
He may get the opportunityCarolina did everything it could to make sure he was healthy when the games counted most. Come NFC championship time, and he's gone.

 
My completely inaccurate predictions:Foster is gone to FADavis will return to start the year and end in a Bettis type roleShelton will show lingering injury effects in the pre-season.Goings gets to play in the play-offs like usual.Carolina drafts a RB in the 2nd or 3rd round (1st round if Lendale White is available)Carolina carries 4 RBs, Davis, Shelton, Goings, and a rookie.

 
Carolina WILL DEFINITELY bring in another RB as well as a #2 WR. Foster-Great in the 20% of the games he is healthy. Unless he is cheap he is goneDavis-Done. He will be cut or made a RB coachShelton-VERY VERY VERY LONG ShotHere is who I see. A. Green, Barlow, A-Train. The Panthers need an every down power back and they will be playing in Feb n ext year.

 
Here is who I see. A. Green, Barlow, A-Train. The Panthers need an every down power back and they will be playing in Feb n ext year.
Barlow is neither a power, nor an every down back.
 
Shelton will show lingering injury effects in the pre-season.Goings gets to play in the play-offs like usual.
Shelton suffered a 3-4 week injury 52 weeks prior to the start of next season. I don't think we see much in the way of lingering effects when the guy has had 48 EXTRA months to rest it.
 
Shelton suffered a 3-4 week injury 52 weeks prior to the start of next season. I don't think we see much in the way of lingering effects when the guy has had 48 EXTRA months to rest it.
Interesting to think that you feel he'll be out for 4 years (48 extra months). Kind of contradicts your original thoughts. :boxing: (I think I know what you meant.. but one can never tell)
 
How about Jamal Lewis - he could rejuvenate his career in Carolina, and his power running style would be a good fit.
I Think Lewis has to be a big favorite to land in Carolina. Especially since they're rebuilding that offensive line.The problem with Eric Shelton is that he runs too high. A little coaching could fix that (presumably). We still don't really know what he can do.

Davis out

Foster out

Doubt they draft another high rookie RB.

 
How about Jamal Lewis - he could rejuvenate his career in Carolina, and his power running style would be a good fit.
I Think Lewis has to be a big favorite to land in Carolina. Especially since they're rebuilding that offensive line.The problem with Eric Shelton is that he runs too high. A little coaching could fix that (presumably). We still don't really know what he can do.

Davis out

Foster out

Doubt they draft another high rookie RB.
Is there a reason no one has mentioned Thomas Jones. He would be a monster in Carolina. :keeping fingers crossed:
 
How about Jamal Lewis - he could rejuvenate his career in Carolina, and his power running style would be a good fit.
I Think Lewis has to be a big favorite to land in Carolina. Especially since they're rebuilding that offensive line.The problem with Eric Shelton is that he runs too high. A little coaching could fix that (presumably). We still don't really know what he can do.

Davis out

Foster out

Doubt they draft another high rookie RB.
I think it's a safe assumption that Lewis remain in Baltimore until we get some signal -- any signal -- that he will not be returning. Last news out of Baltimore was that they were planning on franchising him. At this point, it takes a leap of faith to assume he'll end up in Carolina or any other team in need of a starting RB.
 
How about Jamal Lewis - he could rejuvenate his career in Carolina, and his power running style would be a good fit.
I Think Lewis has to be a big favorite to land in Carolina. Especially since they're rebuilding that offensive line.The problem with Eric Shelton is that he runs too high. A little coaching could fix that (presumably). We still don't really know what he can do.

Davis out

Foster out

Doubt they draft another high rookie RB.
I think it's a safe assumption that Lewis remain in Baltimore until we get some signal -- any signal -- that he will not be returning. Last news out of Baltimore was that they were planning on franchising him. At this point, it takes a leap of faith to assume he'll end up in Carolina or any other team in need of a starting RB.
Franchise him... LOLNow I might be in the minority that still believes he can be a top 10 back in the NFL, but at the same time, what makes you believe he's going to get a contract that would give him Franchise Tag money?

That's silly.... they don't need to franchise him to get him back. They just have to outbid for him, and that price will be a LOT lower than the franchise price.

 
Actually Pole Cat, I think T Jones would be a great fit in Carolina. I'm not sure Chicago is ready to go full out with Benson yet but A Peterson did look good late in the season so maybe they could go RBBC until Benson separates himself.

 
Actually Pole Cat, I think T Jones would be a great fit in Carolina. I'm not sure Chicago is ready to go full out with Benson yet but A Peterson did look good late in the season so maybe they could go RBBC until Benson separates himself.
I, too think Thomas Jones would be a good fit. But wouldn't he be a cap hit to let go? Also considering Benson is unproven as you say.
 
How about Jamal Lewis - he could rejuvenate his career in Carolina, and his power running style would be a good fit.
I Think Lewis has to be a big favorite to land in Carolina. Especially since they're rebuilding that offensive line.The problem with Eric Shelton is that he runs too high. A little coaching could fix that (presumably). We still don't really know what he can do.

Davis out

Foster out

Doubt they draft another high rookie RB.
I think it's a safe assumption that Lewis remain in Baltimore until we get some signal -- any signal -- that he will not be returning. Last news out of Baltimore was that they were planning on franchising him. At this point, it takes a leap of faith to assume he'll end up in Carolina or any other team in need of a starting RB.
Franchise him... LOLNow I might be in the minority that still believes he can be a top 10 back in the NFL, but at the same time, what makes you believe he's going to get a contract that would give him Franchise Tag money?

That's silly.... they don't need to franchise him to get him back. They just have to outbid for him, and that price will be a LOT lower than the franchise price.
The fact that Ozzie Newsome came out and said "We're probably going to franchise him." That's the only real news we've heard on the situation...isn't it?

 

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