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Updated: Panthers tag Kalil; Williams to be a UFA

Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 3:21 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. EST: GM Marty Hurney says the Panthers will use their franchise tag on C Ryan Kalil. Kalil is guaranteed at least $10 million in 2011. RB DeAngelo Williams and DE Charles Johnson will be free agents.

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DeAngelo Williams could be on his way out of Carolina. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Panthers will NOT use their franchise tag on the 27-year-old running back. Thus, WilD. Williams (US Presswire)liams will become an unrestricted free agent (once a new CBA is in place).

Carolina’s decision, ostensibly, is less about Williams and more about the people around him. The Panthers could use their franchise tag on either center Ryan Kalil or defensive end Charles Johnson. Kalil, 25, is coming off a second straight Pro Bowl appearance. Johnson, 24, had a breakout 2010 campaign, leading the team with 11.5 sacks.

From a financial standpoint, tagging Kalil would make the most sense. If the Panthers were not willing to pay the $1 million-plus per game that a Julius Peppers tag would have cost a year ago, it wouldn’t make sense to write that kind of check for the less talented Johnson. The deadline for applying the franchise tag is Wednesday, February 23.

Even without Kalil or Johnson to consider, it’s possible the Panthers would not have tagged Williams anyway. Backup Jonathan Stewart is actually the more gifted runner of the two. Stewart is thought of as a power guy, but in actuality, his best attributes are his lateral agility and change-of-tempo speed.

What’s more, injuries limited Williams to just six games in ’10. During his time away, the Panthers discovered that little-known Mike Goodson, a fourth-round pick in ’09, is capable of handling third down duties (if not more).

At his best, Williams is one of the most dynamic runners in the NFL. The Panthers may not desperately need him, but plenty of other teams will decide they do.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:52 am
 

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Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Updated: Panthers tag Kalil; Williams to be a UFA

Man this makes no sense, Kalil is a horrible center, everyone that voted for him to be Pro Bowl was doing so for false reasons, he can't even snap the ball straight, and gets ran over. This guy doesn't deserve to be a starter, as far as the tag goes would have been better off letting another team get the bum, and using the tag on DeAngelo.



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Updated: Panthers tag Kalil; Williams to be a UFA

The Panthers are going to attempt to sign Charles Johnson and DeAngelo Williams.  Both of the players know this.  Kalil was pretty outspoken about the intentions of GM Marty Hurney after talking to him about the franchise.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:12 am
 

Updated: Panthers tag Kalil; Williams to be a UFA

Last time I checked this doesn't necessarily mean that Williams is gone. Apparently he wants to be back with the Panthers. If they can work out the compensation he will probably remain a Panther. The Panthers should pony up for Williams. He is a great leader & a homerun threat at RB. The Panthers definitely have the cash to pay all three guys. That was alledgedly why they cut all of the vets they cut last offseason. The Panthers will have the 2nd most cap space in the league. If deAngelo isn't back it will be because they didn't feel like paying him what other teams are offering.



Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Updated: Panthers tag Kalil; Williams to be a UFA

Your pretty smart to know he wasn't going to "Sign" the "Franchise Tag"!!! MORON!!!!  Go back to the unemployment line




Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Updated: Panthers tag Kalil; Williams to be a UFA

 Hell, I already broke this news about 3 weeks ago. Of course Deangelo was going to be a free agent. He wasn't going to sign anything. I would consider him as a candidate for a spot in Miami.


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