New Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman inherits a roster that has a lot of talent, but it also has all kinds of salary cap problems. That means Gettleman is going to have to make some tough decisions fast.
It's a tough move to make, but it's the right one. The Panthers simply pay too much money to their running backs, no matter how talented they are. Jonathan Stewart signed a huge contract before last season that guarantees his salaries for the next three seasons. So there's no way the Panthers cut Stewart. (Despite Stewart's injury history, we'd take his overall talent over Williams anyhow.)
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For perspective: Williams played only 40 percent of the team's snaps last year even though Stewart missed nearly half the year. (Stewart played roughly 54 percent of the team's snaps when he was healthy.) The Panthers pay too much coin to guys that aren't on the field enough. Williams is a very good player who got paid like a great one.
The annoying part for Panthers fans is that Williams still has plenty to offer. He's a quality player on a team that needs more of them.
With so many high-priced players on the roster, there just isn't room for two big-name running backs.