Past doesn't mean much.
Williams averaged 3.3 yards per carry this year....in 14 games this year. His 2 games against the worst D in NFL history gave him and huge bump. He wasn't good this year. Stewart is better when healthy for Cam and behind a poor OL in general.
According to Panthers own site. DWill averaged 4.3 while Stew averaged 3.6. That is almost a yard more. Please quit trying to downplay DWill's ability.
4.3 is damm near average in the NFL. If that is his worst year, I will take it. Even with Chud screwing up, and the O-line in flux, DWill still got average numbers while Stew's were well below that mark.
The only thing a no name RB has over DWill is salary. If that part can be worked out. We won't need your no name RB.
If RBs really were a dime a dozen everyone would have one or even two. So why are so many teams looking for RBs? Because truly good runninbacks are gold. Teams throw everything the have into finding gems, because you never know where the next one will come from. But as a rule, if you don't draft one high enough, you are just throwing darts at the wall.
Because they are in position to take the most abuse, by ontinually be hit, tackled, and be used as a cushion. Hence, much shorter careers. They tend to, by nature of the postition, get more money. So if they get lucky and last, they can be a burden on you cash. We are at that awkward stage with not one, but two RBs.
Ask yourself this question. If we can only have one RB which one would it be? The one who is the better natural runner, shiftier and quicker, and can take a screen to the house. Or the one who is more physical and can never seem to be 100%, who can get you positive yards and occasionally break one off, and is steady and strong in the screen game.
They way the game is played now. I would take the explosive player. And that is DWill. Renegotiate his deal. And if we can afford him, keep him.
Stewy is still a beast, but in this day and age I want playmakers/homerun threats carrying and catching the ball.