Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/31/12
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DeAngelo Williams wants to remain in Carolina. The Panthers' all-time leading rusher said despite getting benched in Week 7 and not playing a major role on offense for most of the season he hopes to return for an eighth year in Carolina. ''I signed a five-year contract, so that in itself lets you know I want to be back,'' Williams said. But Williams, who turns 30 in April, is the first to admit that's not his decision. ''The ball is not really in my court,'' Williams said as the left the stadium Monday morning. Williams has three years remaining on a five-year contract worth $43 million that included a $16 million signing bonus. With Stewart getting a five-year, $36.5 million contract extension before the season and then being promoted as the team's starting running back, there has been was plenty of speculation about Williams' future. He closed the season by setting a franchise record with a career-best 210 yards rushing and two touchdowns in Carolina's 44-38 win over the New...
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