Panthers to let DeAngelo Williams become a free agent?

By Dan Parzych

One of the hottest offseason topics for the Carolina Panthers has been whether or not they will place the franchise tag on running back DeAngelo Williams–who just wrapped up the final season of his four-year deal. According to NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora, the organization will most likely use the tag on a different player and take a chance on Williams hitting the open market as a free agent.

La Canfora indicates how the Panthers will likely tag either center Ryan Kalil or defensive end Charles Johnson–mainly because of their fear of losing one of these two players on the open market. While Carolina hopes to keep all three potential free agents, this move could be dangerous considering other teams showing interest–like the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins have already expressed that Williams is on the top of their “must get” list this offseason after Ronnie Brown rushed for just 734 yards in 2010. While he missed most of last season with a foot injury, Williams has proven to be an effective running back when healthy and rushed for 2,632 yards with 25 touchdowns from 2008-09.

Considering how much interest Miami is showing, Carolina must feel confident enough that they can still sign Williams by letting him hit the open market. The only question that remains–would it be worth the risk for the Panthers not to tag Williams?

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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