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2010 Team: Carolina Panthers
2011 Team: Carolina Panthers
Contract Details: 5 Years, $43 million ($21 million guaranteed)
By far one of the worst signings of the off season thus far, the Panthers shocked us all by bringing back DeAngelo Williams.
The deal places Williams amongst one of the richest RB contracts in the league, and what makes this even more surprising is how DeAngelo has finished the last two seasons. Williams has a history of being injury prone, and just came off the worst season of his young career, statistically speaking.
Not only do the injuries worry you. Not only does the production worry you. But you have to ask why the Panthers felt the need to bring DeAngelo Williams back at such a steep price when they have a stable of able and willing running backs waiting in the wings.
Jonathan Stewart started a little slow, but finished the season strong. Mike Goodson proved to be a competent starter in Williams’ absence. Often unheralded running back Tyrell Sutton has also proven his worth. He did not get many opportunities last year, but when he did, he made them count—running for 5.5 yards a carry and 5.8 yards per reception.
As you can see, not only has he not been the same back he was in 2008, but the Panthers also have three suitable players to take his place. With all the facts set before them, it really boggles the mind as to why the Panthers went to the lengths they did to retain the services of DeAngelo Williams. It’s hard to imagine the Panthers getting their moneys worth out of this extension.