The Carolina Panthers have re-signed fullback Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and offensive lineman Garry Williams to a one-year deal, according to the team's official Twitter account.
Brockel has been a valuable "do everything" offensive weapon and special teams player who can fill a variety of positions on offense. He has been used as a blocking fullback, in-line tight end and even a short yardage running back since arriving in Carolina. A two-year deal shows faith they believe he's too valuable to lose and that's smart.
Retaining Williams is a sensible decision, depending on his role. If the plan is to use him as a rotational lineman as needed, then it makes sense. If it's part of the "the answer is sometimes on the roster" belief to filling Jordan Gross' void, then it's scary as hell.
Williams only played 15 snaps last year due to injury and has a history of being a decent run blocker by terrible in pass protection. Hopefully the plan isn't to have Byron Bell move to left tackle while Williams takes over on the right.