First let me start out by saying it pains me to write this. Deangelo Williams is such a good guy, great head and heart and a hard worker and incase your reading this D Will (I know players have been know to read these things sometimes.) please dont take this personally whatsoever.
My fellow Panther fans, I think come next season the time has come we trade Deangelo Williams. First I will get the hardest part out of the way and frankly thats his sub par performance this year so far. Now maybe (and hopefully) D Will be prove me wrong as the season goes on and finally starts hitting his stride. But nearly every handoff I see him take, every screen I see him receive, he just doesnt seem to move the chains and make big plays. Yes he did have that nice screen for a TD against the Saints but other than that, he has showed nothing this year.
Its almost painful seeing him out on the field when he gets a handoff. He doesn't appear to have the vision to make good breaks, hes horrible at cutting back and he seems to fall down way WAY too early.
Now that the hard part is out of the way and that is criticizing his play. Lets go on to the other reasons he should be traded.
We honestly just have way more needs. In this new pass heavy attacking offense, our run game seems to be on the back burner and only used when absolutly needed. I really dont see a need of having two premiere backs in this kind of offense and I think he could really contribute on another team thats not so pass happy. Those other needs we could fill with trading him are ofcourse DT, D Will still has a solid 4-5 years left in the tank and I think we could get a very solid, run stopping DT in return.
Another reason we should trade him is; Jonathan Stewart. I know D Will is the 42 million dollar man, but there is a huge difference when J Stew is on the field. He attacks, he cut backs, has great vision, finds holes and he pounds that rock with extreme aggression until he gets a 1st down, a touchdown or any down thats going to move the chains. Hes younger and easily has 10 years left on the tank. If you didn't know any better, you could easily mistake J Stew for getting that fat contract by how extremely well he looks on the field everytime he has the ball. He can run it well on handoffs and when he receives passes he can still go for big yds. Now as far as what we could get for D Will, how we would have to re work his contract, and what team would be willing to take him? I dont know, im not real savvy when it comes to breaking down contract dollars and sense and that sort of thing. But the time is next season, and we should definitley look at making a trade to address our lackluster defense.