We speculated on Thursday that there were three possibilities for Carolina’s franchise tag, and Florio even asked Ron Rivera about the decision. (Rivera only confirmed they will use the tag.)
Well, it looks like we can eliminate one candidate: DeAngelo Williams.
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports the Panthers will likely choose between center Ryan Kalil and defensive end Charles Johnson for their tag. They are seen as tougher players to replace than Williams.
La Canfora’s source says money is not a factor here; just which player they want to protect most against the open market. While Johnson had a quietly effective season, Kalil looks like the pick to us. He would make a killing as an unrestricted free agent.