How Stewart performs during the second half of the year will probably have a lot to do with it. He is a combination of Williams and Tolbert, speed and power. If he can stay healthy and gets back to form, it will be a tough call. Dwill has been a workhorse for us.
Hurney made it inevitable when he signed both to big extensions. That's too much money tied-up in one position.
It wasn't long ago that the Panthers were rumored to be shopping Williams, but that was under Hurney.
IMO, the reason Stewy got the PUP was just this scenario. They new he was going to be here long term, so let him heal. Then ease him back in. Whether that was this year, or next, nobody knew back then. They took a chance on PUP, and it worked out well, imagine that, for them.
Stewy got to heal, now he gets to test it out. They know he is close to 100%, and that he probably could play. What theydon't know is how his ankles will respond once he does play. This weekend is big for Stewy.
The right offer comes around. Who knows? Gettlemen seems to be willing to put some effort into upgrading the team. Anyting is possible.
The issue is we are likely tied to this trio of running backs and a duo of rough contracts for the next couple of years.
Ding. Ding. Ding a ling.
The way I see it, Stewart and Tolbert will be our starters next season. Barner still needs more development and Williams will likely be cut due to age and cap. Seriously, Stewart is impossible to get rid of but he's a freak even when injured and his running style is more attractive to G-Man over D-Will's. Prior to last season, he hadn't missed significant time so I'm sticking with my belief that J-Stew will be a Panther for awhile.
DWill just may be a Panther next year. One positive about DWill and Stewy. They allow us to draft around the RB position. Well...at least at picks near the top. You know what I mean. Extra picks for other spots, because we don't need to draft a RB.
One more draft before we have to start to worry over replacing Stewy.
If I were the GM, I would not have a RB on a second contract, unless AP was that RB. I would invest the savings in the OL.
Not a bad philosophy to live by. Got to be selective with those 2nd contracts.