The Panthers used the 27th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft on the former Memphis standout. In 64 games over the five seasons, Williams has 4,211 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground, including an NFL-high 18 in 2008, and has caught 118 passes for 922 yards and four touchdowns out of the backfield.
Williams made the Pro Bowl in 2009, but a foot injury limited him to just six games in 2010.
NFL teams can begin negotiating with all free agents, their own and those from other clubs, at 10am ET. Williams is believed to be on the radar of the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, but he plans on going to Bank of America Stadium to meet with general manager Marty Hurney this morning.
“I honestly and truly want to stay a Carolina Panther and they’re doing their part of keep me a Carolina Panther,” Williams said. “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 (a) Panther. But at the end of the day it’s a business.”