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Carolina Panthers Plan to Retain RB DeAngelo Williams, Keep Backfield Intact

February 24th, 2013 at 3:55 PM
By Jesse Collin

Despite salary cap woes and a new general manager, the Carolina Panthers plan to keep the highly paid backfield duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart intact.

According to the Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person, a league source close to the situation says that the team believes they can keep both running backs in spite of being approximately $10 million over the projected $122 million salary cap.

Williams, in particular, has been the subject of much speculation about his future with the Panthers.

After Stewart was signed to a five-year $36.5 million extension last offseason, there were questions about whether the team would be able to afford both running backs. The Packers showed interest in Williams, who will be 30 this April, prior to the trade deadline, but he remained in Charlotte as the feature back following an ankle injury to Stewart.

Williams is set to make $5 million this year, with a cap figure of $8.2 million. According to the source, the Panthers believe they can keep the 7-year veteran at those numbers, but restructuring is also a possibility depending on the team's other offseason transactions.

 

Tags: Carolina, Carolina Panthers, DeAngelo Williams, Football, Jonathan Stewart, NFL

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