The Carolina Panthers and the left tackle are seeing things differently…
Daryl Williams and the Carolina Panthers may are at odds. According to a report from Jourdan Rodrigue off the Charlotte Obsever, the Panthers and their dependable left tackle face a “monster” gap in terms of how much Williams should be paid.
"A league source said Tuesday that it would be “shocking” if a contract extension happened for Williams before training camp in July."
Williams was one of the many bright spots last season. Starting in all 16 games, he showed he was an “iron man’ playing every offensive snap. His stellar play earned him second-team All-Pro honors. This was nothing new for Williams as he showed the same kind of durability as an Oklahoma Sooner. He was named to the All-Big-12 first-team in 2014 for his efforts.
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He was drafted by the Panthers in the fourth round, pick No. 102 overall.
This is a concerning development. If I was a member of the front office, I would want to get a deal done before training camp. That way, distractions would be avoided and both the coaching staff and player could just focus on football. I would not want this hanging over my head during the course of the season only to have it reach its boiling point in the offseason.
Now, it looks like negotiations may play out into the season or even afterwards. Especially if he has a great season in 2018, that could drive the price up for the Panthers. As a result, they may have to let him walk when he becomes a free agent next spring. Hopefully, it does not come to that. While the Carolina Panthers have capable options on the roster that could fill the void should Williams walk, failing to resign a guy go who has worked his way up to becoming a solid player at his position would be a disappointment.
Resigning Williams should be a priority of the team moving forward. This has the feeling of an Andrew Norwell type of situation and that is not a good thing.