In the midst of all the draft reviews and abundant man crushes (including myself) on Star Lotulelei, an interesting point resurfaced this morning when Gettleman discussed, or rather avoided discussing Deangelo Williams' future with the team. Now this has already been reported on CSR with plenty of speculation about D-Lo's worth and whether his contract still holds value after this year. It has been proposed that either Gettleman was merely being vague for the purpose of being vague, or that he could possibly be hinting to the end of Williams' run in Carolina as early as this year.
Speculation from fans is that Kenjon Barner will provide a cheaper, speedier replacement, albeit at a slightly lower skill level overall. While Kenjon excites me, I am not entirely ready to let go of Deangelo just yet. The most common question asked is: should we clear the cap space or pay the money to keep D-Lo? This question has provided a sharp contention among fans, as indicated by the heated debates in the comment sections here at CSR. However, the question I ask is: can we have our cake and eat it too? More specifically, is there a possibility D-Lo will agree to a contract restructure that is favorable enough to keep him around? Sure, we could probably plug in Kenjon as the second or third back upon the release of D-Lo, but I would much rather see him sit for a couple years in a learning role before handing the reigns (at least partially) of the running game to him. What is your guys' opinion? Will D-Lo restructure? Is it worth keeping him even if he is willing to restructure?
P.S. This is my first fanpost. I live in Washington state, which is where Panthers fans go to be exiled, so it's great to have CSR to feel like I am part of a the Panthers community, even if I am in luke-warm fan Seahawk territory.