Panthers right tackle Daryl Williams is entering the final year of his four year rookie deal. After being named a second team All Pro last season, Joe Person speculates that Panthers general manager Marty Hurney may look to extend the former fourth round pick prior to the start of the season.
Williams, a former Oklahoma standout, is coming off a season in which he played every offensive snap and was ranked third among offensive tackles by the analytics site Pro Football Focus.
Like right guard Trai Turner last summer, Williams is viewed as a priority. I’d be mildly surprised if general manager Marty Hurney doesn’t get a deal done by the start of the season.
Williams has greatly outperformed his draft status and is holding it down at a right tackle spot that has been a problem area for the Panthers since Jeff Otah’s injuries. He’s an above average right tackle, but he’s probably not as good as his All Pro standing would suggest, which could leave Hurney in a tough spot come negotiation time. It’ll be interesting to see if the Panthers and Williams can come to terms on extension or if the Panthers will let him walk after this season with hopes of Taylor Moton filling in for the 2019 season.