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.