Safety Starved Panthers Talking to Darius

In an expected move, the Panthers are expressing interest in former Jags safety Donovan Daruis. The Gaston Gazette is reporting that while the team has interest, it is not a for sure that they have made an offer to Darius. The Raiders as well as the Bills are two other teams that have expressed interest in Donovan.

Injuries could be a big issue for the team that eventually signs Darius, as they have to be prepared for him to still be a bit below 100 percent. Last season he broke his leg, and two seasons ago he tore his ACL. He has missed over 20 games in the past two seasons, which may scare a team away when it comes to giving Darius a large sum of money.

Right now though, the Panthers are in dire need of a safety, as they have Mike Minter, who is going to walk away after the 2007 season, and Nate Salley, who is a big unknown. The other player in the mix is journeyman Deke Cooper. For the Panthers, it would be a wise move to try and get Darius in the fold before other teams in the league start considering making him an offer.

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