A 24 hour span of events. The Panthers essentially crammed 90% of their free agency moves into a 24 hour period and man did they get it done. I woke up this morning thinking "Did that really happen?". The spin doctors though were quick to pounce. No longer tagged with the 'cheap' moniker the Panthers instead are being risky!
There's solid depth in the backfield — Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson and Tyrell Sutton — without Williams, but the backfield is a stronger one with him. If he continues to struggle to stay healthy or starts to decline, this could be a deal the Panthers end up regretting. Hurney clearly felt that losing Williams before a season in which he could be so reliant on the running game with rookie Cam Newton learning on the fly under center was too big of a risk. The Panthers have kept one of the league's better backfield tandems together, and that takes some pressure off whoever is playing quarterback.
I'm pretty sure we are not going to regret resigning D-Will. If there is a team that appreciates RB depth it's the Panthers. I'm sure that 2005 NFC Title game loss to Seattle is still vivid for Hurney. Overall I can't argue with the assessment that the Panthers are "better but not contenders"...yet. I think the real impact is going to be the change in the coaching staff rather than any notion of a huge roster upgrade.