Monday, February 25, 2013
RB buzz for Panthers
By Tim Kavanagh
Based upon the structure of their player contracting from past seasons, the 2013 offseason was expected to be somewhat of an armageddon for the Carolina Panthers. The roster is well-stocked with high-priced veterans whose cap hits greatly outweigh their on-field production, so some cuts (or salary re-structures) are expected. One of the positions this will impact is RB.
One of the club's RBs, DeAngelo Williams, is slated to make $5 million in 2013, but has a cap hit of $8.2 million. After the club extended the contract of Jonathan Stewart last summer (five years, $36.5 million), there was speculation that this meant they would attempt to trade Williams, or otherwise get rid of him at some point. The fact that Williams struggled with injuries and inconsistency in the early portion of the 2012 regular season certainly didn't do them any favors in the trade market.
As it stands now, it appears that the Panthers will attempt to retain both Williams and Stewart, according to what a league source has told Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
It's not impossible for them to do this. But it's going to take some extra work for new GM Dave Gettleman and his staff:
Pat YasinskasPondering the Panther RBs
"This will probably mean a restructuring of Williams' contract. But it would mean the Panthers have two top-notch running backs and another solid one in Mike Tolbert. But, if the Panthers do keep all three, it might be wise for new offensive coordinator Mike Shula to get them all more involved in the offense than they were last season when Rob Chudzinski was calling the plays."