Panthers, Williams agree to deal

Posted July 27, 2011 @ 1:59 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Panthers are the big spenders in free agency thus far.

Carolina agreed with RB DeAngelo Williams on a new five-year deal worth $21 million guaranteed Wednesday, according to reports, after locking up DE Charles Johnson with a deal that included $32 million guaranteed on Tuesday.

Williams' new deal is worth up to $43 million, reports indicate.

Williams, 28, missed 10 games last season with a foot injury, but he averaged at least five yards per carry in each of the previous three seasons. His best year was in 2008, when he rushed for 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The way we see it

GM Marty Hurney had a plan and he decided to stick to it, despite the significant cost.

It's a big commitment to make for a back that has struggled to stay healthy in each of the past two seasons and is inching closer to 30 years old, but the Panthers value depth in the backfield more than other teams and were willing to outbid other interested suitors — rumored to be the Giants, Broncos and Dolphins — to keep him.

Williams and Jonathan Stewart should be one of the league's top running-back tandems, and backups Mike Goodson and Tyrell Sutton will likely see limited opportunities.