Teams don’t have an exclusive 72-hour window to talk with their own free agents this week, which hurts the Panthers as much as anyone.
They want to bring back defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Williams, arguably two of the top five names on the market. Williams, for one, sounds like he doesn’t want to go anywhere. He’ll meet with Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney on Tuesday.
“I honestly and truly want to stay a Carolina Panther and they’re doing their part of keep me a Carolina Panther,” Williams said Monday via Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette. “So I’m very excited about that. Carolina gets the first stab at me.”
It sounds like the Panthers are serious about bringing Williams back.
“[Offensive coordinator Rob] Chudzinski said he has a big role for me and Jonathan to play this year and I’m pretty excited about that,” Williams said. “They even have packages where they will put me and Jonathan in at the same time, so it’s going to be pretty cool.”
Perhaps Williams’ old coach John Fox won’t get a chance to sign him.