DeAngelo Williams wants to retire as a Panther

DeAngelo Williams might not make this too hard on the Carolina Panthers.

The free agent running back did a live video chat with fans Monday night and he made it clear he hopes to stick with the organization. Talk can be cheap but in this instance it appeared genuine.

Williams is expected to meet with the Panthers and general manager Marty Hurney today at Bank of America Stadium when the team can get down to business with contract negotiations.

I honestly and truly want to stay a Carolina Panther and they’re doing their part of keep me a Carolina Panther,” Williams said, according to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette. “So I’m very excited about that. Carolina gets the first stab at me. If everything looks great, then why entertain other offers? So that’s where we stand right now.

“There are possibly a few other teams I don’t know about right now, but I’m pretty excited about where we are going as far as me and the Panthers. Wish me luck. I’m going in (to the stadium) as a Panther and I want to stay a Panther. I want to retire as Panther. But at the end of the day it’s a business.”

Williams has flourished playing along with Jonathan Stewart and he liked what he heard from new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski earlier this offseason.

“Chud said he has a big role for me and Jonathan to play this year and I’m pretty excited about that,” Williams said. “They even have packages where they will put me and Jonathan in at the same time, so it’s going to be pretty cool.”

Keeping the ground game strong will be key for the Panthers, who need to support rookie quarterback Cam Newton as best as possible.

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