Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams on Miami Dolphins: “I hope I’m at the top of their list and they come after me"

By Dan Parzych

Before the lockout even happened, the Miami Dolphins made it clear that Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams was at the top of their wish list this offseason. Despite previously expressing interest to stay in Carolina, it appears the feelings between Williams and the Dolphins may be mutual.

According to Gregg Rosenthal of, Williams recently discussed the rumors of Miami’s desire to land him this offseason with Omar Kelly of WQAM in Miami. While he’s technically not allowed to say anything about joining other teams, Williams hinted in a recent interview how he hopes the Dolphins make a run for him once the lockout comes to an end.

From Rosenthal’s article:

“I’ve heard rumors that I may be at the top their . . . board this year,” Williams told KUP and Omar Kelly on WQAM in Miami.

Kelly, who writes for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, responded as such:  “It’s a little more than rumors.”

At that point Williams laughed.  (Hmmm.)   Whether he knows the Dolphins are interested or not, Williams made it clear he would love to join the team.

“This is a place I’d like to live,” Williams said, in Miami for a triathlon to raise money for charity.  “I hope I’m at the top of their list and they come after me.”

The Panthers placed a restricted free agent tender on Williams back in March, but there’s a good chance that won’t be valid once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. With all of the questions surrounding Ronnie Brown at running back, the Dolphins are expected to add another running back this offseason–whether it’s through free agency or the draft. And after these recent comments made by Williams–it seems like there’s a better chance of the Dolphins landing their top offseason target after all.

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

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