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Panthers hoping to bring back DeAngelo?

Posted on: May 22, 2011 10:21 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Many an analyst has assumed that DeAngelo Williams is as good as gone from the Panthers for the 2011 season. After all, Carolina used their franchise tag on Ryan Kalil, instead of Williams, and the Miami Dolphins have been flirting with the former Pro Bowler quite a bit.

However, the Panthers might not be quite so cool with letting Williams roll out of town.

Dan Pompei writes in the National Football Post's "Sunday Blitz" that he's learned the 'Cats are much more excited about the depth they have at running back, "believe Williams is their best running back and hope he returns."

Pompei also cites the fact that new offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinki's system "calls for two backs to get a lot of action," which means that Carolina won't likely be thrilled at the prospect of "just" having Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson and Tyrelle Sutton on the roster.

Of course, whether or not bringing back DeAngelo is an easy decision will likely revolve around what kind of rules are in place for 2011. If it's 2010's rules, Williams will be a restricted free agent and have another year with the Panthers. If not, he'll be unrestricted.

If the latter happens, it's hard to believe that the Panthers would invest heavily in a position in which they have sufficient depth.

However, two things stand out here. One, the Panthers know better than anyone how much mileage Williams has on his tires; though he's suffered injuries over the past few years, he still doesn't have as many carries as a running back his age might typically have.

And perhaps most importantly -- Jerry Richardson is one of the leaders in the CBA negotiations. If anyone has a good idea whether or not a large group of potential free agents will remain restricted, he's the guy.

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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Panthers hoping to bring back DeAngelo?

He is one of the top 5 RB's in the NFL. Could you imagine him not getting 9 or 10 in the box on every play?



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:34 am
 

Panthers hoping to bring back DeAngelo?

I hope they bring him back.  He is a team player who wants to stay in Charlotte.  How many guys ever say they want to stay in Charlotte?  Hang on to this guy because Cam is going to need all the help he can get.  If anyone has a Facebook account you need to follow DeAngelo because he is a riot.  You hear all the bad things that guys are saying on Twitter and Facebook, but DeAngelo is a breath of fresh air. 


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