Carolina Panthers Release Running Back DeAngelo Williams

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: DeAngelo Willingham #27 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a missed field goal by the New England Patriots in the first quarter on September 14, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29: DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against the New York Jetson November 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Panthers 17-6. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

If you’re thinking “no way, impossible, ain’t happenin,” then you’re probably right.

But this has an interesting twist, even though it’s evident where the screw-up happened.

Somehow, someone at made the mix-up when Cincinnati Bengals cornerback DeAngelo Willingham was cut from the team on Friday.

Just to be safe, practically every team not named the Carolina Panthers might file a waiver clain anyway, just in case.

Here’s the twist.

After the mistake was realized, the name was changed from Williams to Willingham. However a little while later, the name reverted back to Williams.

So earlier today the Bengals cut several players.  One of them was cornerback DeAngelo Willingham.

And at some point in the transfer of information from Cincinnati to New York City to the folks who run, Bengals cornerback DeAngelo Willingham became Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams.

A little more from PFT.

As of right now — and last I checked — DeAngelo Williams is safe and sound on the roster of the Carolina Panthers.

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  • Jared W

    I died a little bit when I read this…not funny…OK, a little funny…but not cool.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I hear ya, Jared. When I initially caught wind of it, I said why am I not freaking surprised? Only I used a different word.

      • Mark

        Yeh,the first thing that came to mind was Fox better be right behind him. I swear my heart stopped beating for 5 seconds.

        • Eric Quackenbush

          I really don’t have a problem with Fox like some or most fans have. I like his coaching style. Always have.

          Thanks for the read and comments, Mark!

  • John

    Yeah that’s a scary headline. I thought to myself this better be reporting a bad report from somewhere else or the Panthers have some explaining to do.

    Glad it was the former.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Me too, John. I was quite relieved that it was a flub on someone’s part.

  • Carolina Panther Rich

    Did a World Cup official make this error?
    DeAngelo & Jonathan Stewart will ‘romp’ this year.
    Go Panthers.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      HA! You never know Rich, right?

      Thanks for the read and comment.

  • Mr. Bozeman

    Hahaha, that is hilarious. I about had a heart attack reading the title. It was like when my Seahawks released LenDale White, but way worse.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      I can imagine the shock, Mr. B. Thankfully, it was nothing more than a mix-up. Even though Willingham and Williams don’t really even sound similar to be confused.