4 teams that should consider signing DeAngelo WilliamsBy Harv Aronson
DeAngelo Williams is a man without a team. But, he wants to keep playing despite the Steelers not resigning him. No team has offered him a contract yet, but below is one man's thought on where Williams might end up.
4 teams that should consider signing DeAngelo Williams
By Michael McClymont, theScore
DeAngelo Williams revealed Wednesday there are four teams he wouldn't play for. Though he's currently a free agent, the 11-year veteran still has plenty to offer a team in need of production at the running back position. In light of Williams' no-thank-you list, here are four teams that should give the 34-year-old a call:
San Francisco 49ers
During his reveal to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Williams disclosed that he grew up a 49ers fan. It's the reason the Dallas Cowboys are among the teams he won't play for. In Williams, San Francisco could land the rare player who wants to be part of a rebuild. The Niners are in a weird spot. They're not currently in position to succeed and therefore likely value high draft picks over wins. It may not be conducive to their long-term plan to add a player who immediately makes them better. On the surface, they could use a veteran backup to Carlos Hyde, who missed three games last year and more than half of the previous season. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have been given six-year mandates, but it won't be long before they feel the pressure to succeed. Williams would help the club get results with what limited time he has left in the league.
If any team knows the value Williams can provide, it's the Steelers. As Le'Veon Bell's backup for the past two seasons, Williams played in 25 games and produced 17 touchdowns. As a fill-in starter in 2015, he nearly rushed for 1,000 yards. Bell is the undisputed bell cow in Pittsburgh, but there's always the risk he could miss time. During his four-year career, Bell has missed a number of games due to suspensions and injuries. And a third suspension would force him to the sideline for more than four games. The Steelers know the value of a good backup running back. Williams has proven he can fill that role admirably for Pittsburgh.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers own a stable of running backs, but none able to immediately replace what Danny Woodhead, now with Baltimore, brings to the table. Melvin Gordon is the team's top back, with Branden Oliver, Kenneth Farrow, Andre Williams, and Kenjon Barner behind him, but Woodhead is both an adept rusher and receiver. He registered 755 receiving yards and six touchdowns for the team in 2015. Williams is capable of catching passes out of the backfield and providing Gordon with a veteran backup, in case his inconsistent play resurfaces.
New York Giants
The Giants own a championship roster, but a questionable running game may be their Achilles' heel. With talent throughout the lineup, the G-Men are hoping 2016 draft pick Paul Perkins will pan out as their No. 1 rusher. In the event he stumbles, however, Williams represents a smart insurance policy. A relatively cheap signing could play a significant role in where New York finishes in 2017.