Longtime NFL running back D’Onta Foreman had signed a new contract with the Chicago Bears. Foreman, a former third-round pick, spent the 2022 season with the Carolina Panthers but has also played for the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.
Bears are signing former Panthers’ RB D’Onta Foreman to a 1-year, $3 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2023
D’Onta Foreman, Chicago Bears, Agree to Contract
Foreman hits free agency after a career season. Starting the year as Christian McCaffrey’s backup, Foreman was thrust into the starting job after the Carolina Panthers traded McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers. Foreman was up for the challenge, finishing the season with 914 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 203 carries, with most of that production coming in the final 11 games of the season. Additionally, Foreman added another five receptions for 26 yards through the air.
D’Onta Foreman originally entered the league as a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Selected by the Houston Texans, Foreman began his career splitting touches. Through the first 10 games of his rookie season, the Texas product recorded 327 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 78 attempts.
Unfortunately, an Achilles injury prematurely ended Foreman’s rookie season and effectively took away his 2018 season as well. During his second year in the league, Foreman appeared in just one game, recording seven carries for -1 yard. The Texans released Foreman following the season, and he spent the 2019 season out of football.
Foreman finally returned to the league in 2020 with the Tennessee’s Titans. Signed as emergency depth behind Derrick Henry, Foreman finished the season with 95 rushing yards on just 22 carries. The running back returned to Tennessee in 2021 and finally had a chance to shine.
Following a serious injury to Derrick Henry, Foreman earned the starting job and proved that he was all the way back from his Achilles injury. Appearing in nine games while making three starts, Foreman finished the season with 566 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 133 carries. His work helped the Titans earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but they ultimately fell to the eventual AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals.
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