Carolina Panthers Rumors: Are DeAngelo Williams' Days With Team Numbered?

By Dan Parzych
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A couple of years ago, DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers was considered one of the most dangerous running backs in the league–which is why they signed him to a hefty five-year, $36.5 million extension prior to the 2012 season. Unfortunately, Williams’ numbers weren’t as impressive during the regular season last year as he finished with just 737 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Now, it appears Williams’ days with the Panthers could be in jeopardy as talk is beginning to heat up just a few days after the 2013 NFL Draft.

Carolina Panthers rumors are beginning to heat up about how the team could end up trying to trade or even release their top running back before the start of the regular season and last weekend’s draft certainly didn’t help his cause. The Panthers already had a solid duo at running back with Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but the team also recently drafted Kenjon Barner out of Oregon in this year’s draft–which is why the rumor mill is beginning to heat up.

There’s no telling what to expect at this point, but the fact that Carolina drafted another running back may be a reason for concern. Williams hasn’t recorded 1,000 rushing yards in a single season since 2009–so it shouldn’t come as  a surprise if Carolina is at least taking it into consideration about the possibility of parting ways with their once dominant running back.

He’s had his moments over the last couple of years, but it’s clear Williams is far from the running back he was a couple of years ago–which is why it’s not a surprise to hear these rumors heating up.

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