My only fear with DeAngelo Williams returning is that the Carolina panthers would need to pay too much to retain him. In my mind, they paid a little too much for this one. Numerous sources are now reporting that Williams will return on a 5 year, $43 million deal with $21 million in guaranteed money. However, contracts can't be looked at for just face value. This could easily be a back-loaded deal with money at the end he'll likely never see, so it's important not to cast too many aspersions until we see exactly how it's structured; that will happen on Friday.
Now we're starting to quickly approach the point where the Panthers are running out of cap space to make a splash outside the organization with both Williams and Johnson locked in to long term deals. Unless, of course, the salary cap genies inside the organization have a master plan of how they are going to slot all these deals together.
Locking up key players? Check
Jerry cheap? Way off on that one
This team is being constructed exactly how we expected, and that's a good thing.