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Panthers to franchise RB Williams, extend Beason?

Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 2:02 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Carolina Panthers have a pile of free agents that they need to take care of going into 2011, and DeAngelo Williams is one of the biggest names on their list to handle.

According to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Steve Reed, the Panthers are planning to franchise Williams beginning in the 14-day window that begins on February 10th.

Reed estimates that Williams will make $9.8 million in 2011, which is pricey, but certainly more palatable for the Panthers than awarding Williams a huge contract just a few months after he was unable to play 16 full games in a time-share backfield.

His injuries are particularly concerning in the long-term because of the relatively low mileage he's accumulated since being drafted in the first round by Carolina.

Williams served as a backup to DeShaun Foster (yes, that seems really weird to type now) in 2006 and 2007 (he started two games and only carried the ball 265 times in those two years) before busting out for 1,515 yards on 5.5 yards per carry in 2008.

In the remaining two years, Williams has only played in 19 games and has seen his yards per carry average dip down to 5.2 in 2009 and 4.1 in 2010.

In other words, Carolina would probably like to see Williams return to full health before considering any sort of bigger contract.

They're reportedly focusing their contract negotiation concerns on star linebacker Jon Beason, DE Charles Johnson, center Ryan Khalil and linebacker Thomas Davis. Inking those four -- although it won't happen until after a new CBA -- would immediately bring some stability back to a defense that was underrated in 2010, particularly if Carolina can add a young playmaker at the top of the draft.

The looming problem at quarterback is just that, but that the Panther are at least indicating what key players they want to re-sign is good news for their fans.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:55 am
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Panthers to franchise RB Williams, extend Beason?

 This story is not true. I actually saw Deangelo today in Dallas.

 I saw this story last night and asked Williams about that. I said "nice job with the pending franchise tag." His response was "Nothing's been signed. I'm a free agent."

 By the way he was talking, I wouldn't be so sure that Williams will be staying much longer in Carolina..... See that? I can be more informative than Sportsline assuming what Carolina wants to do. hahahaha



Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Panthers to franchise RB Williams, extend Beason?

I drafted this guy in the 3rd round last year and only ended up playing him once due to te greatness of Arian Foster and Michael Turner. That said, my thesis for him remains the same in 2011. Hes a stud RB who can carry a fantasy team (2008) when healthy. I look for him to be a stud in Carolina or get traded and sign a longer deal elsewhere. Keep an eye on him, his value is especiallly intriguing if he falls in drafts due to possibly splitting time in Carolina with Stewart.



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Panthers to franchise RB Williams, extend Beason?

Franchising him so they have more time to work out a trade for him?


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