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DeAngelo Williams | Running Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/25/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Memphis
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Steelers signed RB DeAngelo Williams, formerly of the Panthers, to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Jonathan Stewart left Williams in the dust last year, forcing the Panthers to go in a different direction. Williams will get a fresh start in Pittsburgh, where he shouldn't be asked to do much. He looked spent the past two seasons in Carolina. Expect the 32-year-old to fill a light change-of-pace role behind fantasy stud Le'Veon Bell, who may be suspended 2-4 games. The Steelers could afford to add another running back in the draft. Mar 13 - 4:25 PM

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects the Steelers to sign free agent DeAngelo Williams following his Friday visit.

Williams would become a clear-cut backup to Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh, but possibly make some early-season starts depending on the length of Bell's expected suspension. The ban could span anywhere from two to four games.
Mar 13 - 3:01 PM

Free agent RB DeAngelo Williams will meet with the Steelers on Friday.

Williams bottomed out in Carolina last season, averaging a career-worst 3.5 yards per carry. He's a big name though and teams won't have to pay top-dollar to sign him. The Steelers' lack of depth at running back was exposed in January's playoff loss to Baltimore. With workhorse Le'Veon Bell facing a suspension to start the year, it makes sense for Pittsburgh to at least kick the tires on Williams.
Mar 11 - 10:14 AM

Upon his release, DeAngelo Williams was told by the Panthers' front office the team doesn't run the ball enough to warrant both Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

Of course, that's not the real reason he was cut. The Panthers ran the ball plenty last season, finishing eighth in carries and seventh in total rushing yards. Carolina has tried running back by committee, but now that Jonathan Stewart has proven he can handle a full workload, the Panthers are more than happy to give it to him. In an interview with WBTV, Williams expressed anger towards the organization for not acknowledging his mother's death in 2014.
Feb 24 - 8:54 AM

Panthers released RB DeAngelo Williams.

He's likely to be designated a post-June 1 cut, saving the Panthers $2 million in cap space. Williams hasn't rushed for 1,000 yards in a season since 2009, and his efficiency has dipped steadily with age. If there was ever any debate over who would lead the Panthers' backfield going forward, Jonathan Stewart ended that with an emphatic finish to the 2014 season (679 rushing yards over his last seven games). Williams may resurface as a backup, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old doesn't have much time left in his career.
Feb 23 - 3:28 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman declined to answer at the NFL Combine when asked about DeAngelo Williams' roster spot.

The Panthers have finally gotten to a point in Williams' contract where they can release him and clear salary cap room. Designating Williams a post-June 1 cut would save $2 million. Back in mid-January, Gettleman described Williams' season as "tough." He turns 32 in March and is likely a goner.
Feb 19 - 2:30 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said it is "hard to imagine" DeAngelo Williams returning to Carolina next season.

This echoes the sentiments of Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, who hinted Williams likely will not be back with the team earlier in the week. Williams was only available for six games in 2014, gaining just 3.5 yards per carry and failing to find the end zone. With Jonathan Stewart healthy and showing his class down the stretch, there is little reason for the Panthers to hang onto Williams.
Jan 17 - 11:31 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman hinted DeAngelo Williams won't be back with the team in 2015.

"I need to talk to DeAngelo, I really do. He’s a pro’s pro, and he had a tough season," Gettleman said. Williams played in just six games and averaged a disgusting 3.5 YPC with no touchdowns. Jonathan Stewart, healthy for the first time in awhile, ran circles around Williams. The Panthers will likely make Williams a post-June 1 cut and save $2 million against the cap in 2015.
Jan 14 - 9:26 AM

DeAngelo Williams rushed two times for 14 yards and caught two passes for two yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

The four touches at the expense of Jonathan Stewart were four too many. Carolina's ground game was far better when Williams was sidelined this year, highlighted by his 3.53 YPC against Stewart's 4.62 mark. In 2015, Williams will be entering his age-32 and it would be an upset if the Panthers brought him back -- even if they've been maddeningly stubborn with his usage. The 2006 first-round pick of the team is just about at the end of the line.
Jan 11 - 12:34 AM

DeAngelo Williams rushed four times for 16 yards in the Panthers' Wild Card win over the Cardinals.

Active for the first time in over a month because of a broken hand, Williams was the No. 3 running back behind starter Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker. He received his first carry with 10:49 left in the fourth quarter and appeared to only be active for emergency services and as a courtesy. The Panthers know Stewart is their workhorse and will continue to ride him. Williams should see a similar role when the Panthers take on the Seahawks or Packers next week.
Jan 3 - 8:24 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is active for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Cardinals.

Williams will return after missing the last four games. He doesn't project for more than a limited role behind Jonathan Stewart. The Panthers' inactives are FS Thomas DeCoud, CB James Dockery, LB A.J. Klein, DT Kyle Love, DE Frank Alexander, OT David Foucault, and OG Amini Silatolu.
Jan 3 - 3:23 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday DeAngelo Williams (hand) is "ready to roll."

Last week, Rivera expressed concern over Williams' ability to pass block and then scratched him Sunday. It doesn't seem like that's the path the Panthers will take this week. However, it would be a crime for Rivera to give Williams any kind of significant workload at the expense of Jonathan Stewart. Expect an 80/20 kind of split.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 02:49:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera hasn't elaborated on how DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be worked back into the team's running-back rotation.

D-Will missed the Panthers' final four games of the season, a span in which Jonathan Stewart averaged 5.08 yards over 79 carries. J-Stew is clearly the Panthers' best back at this stage of the game, but Rivera has typically insisted on a rotation when both players are healthy. That would be a mistake against the Cardinals' elite run defense in the Wild Card round.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 03:32:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is expected back for the Wild Card round.

The word comes straight from coach Ron Rivera. D-Will's return would be great for depth purposes, but the Panthers are unlikely to move away from Jonathan Stewart as their bell-cow. J-Stew ran extremely well as the Panthers' unquestioned No. 1 as they made their surprising charge toward an NFC South title.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 01:16:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (hand) is inactive for Week 17 against the Falcons.

Williams was listed as probable, so he's essentially a healthy scratch. He's coming off a broken hand, but the Panthers expressed some concern over his ability to pick up the blitz. Jonathan Stewart will carry the load once again for Carolina. Also inactive for the Panthers are CB James Dockery, S Robert Lester, LB A.J. Klein, DT Kyle Love, OT David Foucault, and OG Amini Silatolu.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 03:02:00 PM