After playing his first nine seasons with the Panthers, running back
“I didn’t know they wanted me. I had never been on a visit before,” Williams said. “I was with the same organization for nine years. When I got the call and they said, 'hey we want to bring you in for a visit' I took it as that. Had they said we wanted to bring you in for a signing I would have had a different mindset. I had no idea what was going to transpire when I got here.”
Williams added that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get the team to the next level.
“It’s the opportunity to take maybe one or two reps or whatever it takes to make this team better,” Williams said. “That is what I will do. I want to make it to a Super Bowl and win it. I know this team has that potential and they can do it.
“Coming here was an easy decision. This is a Super Bowl contending team. Every veteran out there, veteran or rookie, they want to go to the Super Bowl and win it and get the best opportunity. I think the best opportunity is here in Pittsburgh.”
Williams has rushed for 6,846 yards on 1,432 carries with 46 rushing touchdowns in his career.
After nine seasons with the Panthers, Williams was cut early this offseason. With Carolina, he carried the ball 1,432 times for 6,846 yards and 46 touchdowns. His best years came in 2008 and 2009, the only times he ran for over 1,000 yards in a single season.
Williams ran for 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2008. Injuries limited Williams to 219 yards and zero touchdowns in 2014.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was the first to report this story.
Released by the Panthers on Monday, running back
Williams rushed for 6,846 yards and 46 touchdowns in his nine-year career in Charlotte.
Williams appeared in just six games in an injury-plagued 2014, rushing for 219 yards and no touchdowns. He rushed for 6,846 yards and 46 touchdowns in his nine-year run with the Panthers.
"We are very appreciative of the hard work and effort that DeAngelo brought to Bank of America Stadium every day," general manager Dave Gettleman said.
"I don't feel bitter at all," Williams said. "[Stewart] had the hot hand at the end of the season. He's a great running back, obviously, uh, I don't feel bitter at all. It's a business."
Williams has spent his entire nine-year career with the Panthers. He dealt with a variety of injuries in 2014, including a thigh, ankle and broken hand.
As a result of the release, the Panthers have about $6.6 million in dead cap money, according to the NFL Network.
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