Fonoti could be key to new line

The Panthers like the way guard Toniu Fonoti has worked to get himself back into football shape and there are some who feel like he could be a dynamite free agent pickup.

A member of the San Diego Chargers starting offensive line in 2002 and 2004, Fonoti lost a battle with a weight problem - there were times he approached 400 pounds -- and quickly found himself out of the league.

Now he's back to his old college weight (around 330) and looking good.

"He has a very good chance (to make the team)," Fox said. "He's a guy that performed at a very high level. He was a fairly high draft pick that played on a very, very good offensive line. Then his weight got away from him a little bit and I think he realizes that. He's come in in excellent condition."

Fonoti signed basically a one-year deal worth the league veteran minimum. He poses no risk to the Panthers if he doesn't work out. They can simply cut him with no salary cap implications.

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