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DeAngelo agrees to $43M deal with Panthers

Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 2:43 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

If you thought the Carolina Panthers might sit on their laurels in free agency, well, whoops: less than a day after dropping a $76 million beast of a deal on defensive end Charles Johnson, the Panthers have reportedly signed running back DeAngelo Williams to a five-year, $43-million deal that features $21 million in guaranteed money.

"DeAngelo Williams is back #doubletrouble" Jonathan Stewart, Williams' backfield partner, tweeted shortly after Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network first reported the deal.

Williams, like Johnson, became an unrestricted free agent following the implementation of the new CBA rules and cashed in big-time with his hometown team on Wednesday.

Reports also indicate that the Denver Broncos and Williams' former coach John Fox were in heavy pursuit of the running back, but much like Johnson, it appears the Panthers were willing to pony up and keep him in-town.

The Panthers have also since signed kicker Olindo Mare to a four-year, $12 million deal and signed tight end Ben Hartsock. Yes, it's safe to say they're being a tad active this offseason.

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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:24 pm

Report: DeAngelo signs $43M deal with Panthers

To: All Panthers fans.

From: A Raiders fan who's seen how bad MeAngelo sucks once he gets the big contract.

Item: My sympathies.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:19 pm

Report: DeAngelo signs $43M deal with Panthers

So much for the biggest FA frenzy ever, never been more bored with offseason moves.  Kudos to the Panthers front office for showing they care about their fan's perceptions (if not what's best for their team long-term).  Hope at least the Nnamdi sweepstakes brings a little more excitement (though my Pats burned another early pick on a CB and need to shed cap-space so we're out of it).  Here's to hoping my wildcard pick, the Buccs, ends up with him.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:06 pm

Report: DeAngelo signs $43M deal with Panthers

You guys are hilarious. First you lambast Richardson for not spending any money last year. Now you do the same because he is spending money. 

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:03 pm

I don't understand football anymore.

Someone please explain to me the logic behind this move.  I am not speaking simply of the decision to re-sign Williams, but rather, at the tremendous cost.  $21 million in guaranteed money???  Don't they have Jonathan Stewart?  Didn't Stewart show that he could handle the job?  My guess is that they see something in Stewart that they do not like, something that has caused them to already decide that he will never be re-signed.  Is it the injuries?  That would seem to make sense, but then you have to look at Williams, who also is injury prone to a degree.  I am absolutely baffled by this huge payday.  I agree with the previous poster, that this puts the Panthers firmly in the cellar for several more years.  Horrible signing.  

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:55 pm

Report: DeAngelo signs $43M deal with Panthers

Well, so much for his fantasy value this year.  Maybe now they'll run him most of the time though.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:46 pm

Report: DeAngelo signs $43M deal with Panthers

glad to see the losing ways will be entrenched deep into panther nation for a few more years. Its somewhat comforting to see a club besides the rams make poor personnel decisions. glad we finally got a FO interested in winning football games and not just making $$$.
Williams is good, but they didnt need to spend this money on RB with goodson and stewart already in the backfield

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