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Report: Panthers plan to keep both Stewart and Williams

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When General Manager Dave Gettleman spoke about the future of the Panthers’ backfield this week, he said that “decisions have to be made” but that he didn’t see why the team couldn’t hold onto both Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.

It seems that is the team’s plan. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the team is planning on keeping both Stewart and Williams even though they are still working to find ways to get below the cap by March 12. What’s more, the team believes they can keep Williams without restructuring his contract.

Williams is set to make $5 million this season with a cap figure of $8.2 million, so the team hasn’t ruled out the possibility of addressing his deal before the deadline to be in cap compliance. If they can’t reach an agreement on that front, a trade would seem to be a possibility since Person reports the Packers and other teams have inquired about trading for Williams in the past.

Gettleman was not the man behind doubling down on expensive tailbacks in an era where plenty of teams scoff at having even one highly paid runner, but he doesn’t seem to think that Marty Hurney’s decision on that front was the wrong one.

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6 Responses to “Report: Panthers plan to keep both Stewart and Williams”
  1. meadowlark89 says: Feb 24, 2013 11:48 AM

    Good idea to keep both they each had such a great year. NOT!

  2. sowcrates says: Feb 24, 2013 12:04 PM

    Alright, B.S. You have these two guys and you paid for Mike Tolbert AND you have Cam Newton who you have rushing for 1400 yards and 22 TDs in his two seasons.

    They’re all good and useful players, but what’s the rationale here? What’s the benefit of having FOUR rushers who all have multi-million dollar/year salaries?

  3. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 24, 2013 1:37 PM

    The Panthers offense has become more pass oriented and it uses both Newton and Tolbert in the run game so it seems hard to justify keeping both RBs. Seems the money may be better used in other areas.

  4. nfloracle says: Feb 24, 2013 2:12 PM

    This sounds like a Jerry Richardson decision. So much for the new GM having any autonomy.

  5. redpillmindstate says: Feb 24, 2013 4:13 PM

    Don’t want to diminish any potential trade value for Williams everyone KNOWS his time is up in Carolina Stewart,Cam and Tolbert give it up he’s gone its just what can we get back for him is the question? WR…WR….does anyone have a WR….

  6. adamagedbillsfan says: Feb 28, 2013 10:37 AM

    One of these guys need to go. Maybe use Stewart to try and get a trade for a WR. They need to drop one of these guys or start getting the full potential from such an expensive backfield.

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