The Panthers’ all-time leader in rushing yards and rushing TDs, DeAngelo Williams hasn’t had over 1,000 yards in a year since 2009.
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams, the team’s all-time leading rusher, announced that the Panthers are planning on releasing him.
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In an interview with WBTV in North Carolina, Williams said that the Panthers organization had informed him that they plan on letting him go.
“We sat down and he told me ‘The fact of the matter is we’re going to have to release you’,” Williams said.
“I said you know, ‘Why?’ and he said, ‘because we don’t run the ball enough. Just like you said back before the season started, we don’t run the ball enough to keep you and both (leading rusher Jonathan Stewart), so we’re going to release you’.”
In nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers after being drafted 27th overall in the 2006 NFL draft, Williams became the team’s all-time leading rusher with 6,846 rushing yards and 46 rushing TDs.
Williams also holds the Panthers’ single-season rushing record with 1,515 rushing yards in 2008. That same year, he set the team’s single-season rushing TD and total TD records while leading the NFL with 18 rushing TDs and 20 total TDs. He is one of only two players in the NFL since 2008 – the other being Eagles RB LeSean McCoy – to record 20 or more TDs in a season.
By cutting Williams, the Panthers will likely turn the reins of the rushing attack over to RB Jonathan Stewart, who led the team with 809 rushing yards in 2014 and got hot towards the end of the season.
It is doubtful that the market will buzz for Williams’ services, as he will be turning 32 this coming April and the expiration date on most RBs is at around 29 or 30. There is also the fact that Williams has recorded only 3 games with 100 rushing yards or more in the last five seasons.