DeAngelo Williams uncertain about his future in Carolina

DeAngelo Williams hopes to remain a Carolina Panther next season but the first-round draft pick from 2006 realizes there are no guarantees for him.

Williams, who was placed on injured reserve Nov. 17 with a sprained arch in his right foot, will be a free agent following this season.

"I love being a Carolina Panther. I don't want to go anywhere," Carolina’s all-time leading rusher said, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. "It's not my decision, though."

There’s expected to be major change in Carolina following the season and expectations are no big decisions will be made until after the dust has settled. That leaves Williams, in limbo.

"I have no idea what's going to happen. I don't even know if there's going to be football next year," Williams said. "I just know I'm preparing myself to play football if it's even possible for us to play. I'm trying to put myself in the best situation, to get my foot right.”

The Panthers have other options with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson, who has run for 100 yards in each of his first two starts. Investing in 27-year-old running backs can be risky. There’s been talk, but that’s about it.

"There's a lot of talking," Williams said. "Do you consider that reassurance?"

Healthy, Williams would be an attractive option in free agency. That much is certain.

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