As of right now, former Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent running back DeAngelo Williams is scheduled to play in his 12th season – pending a new contract of course… but things may change if recent rumblings have anything to them.
Bob Labriola of the team’s official website hinted that the Steelers aren’t exactly sold on whether Williams wants to play in 2017, following the knee injury that sidelined him seven games last season. It’s mostly Labriola’s guess, but retirement could be on the table.
“If they are unable to get a running back they like in the draft, then maybe the Steelers go back to Williams, if he even wants to play anymore,” he wrote.
“Williams will celebrate his 34th birthday in late April, and that’s old for an NFL running back, especially one who has carried 1,730 times over 11 professional seasons,” he wrote. “My guess, and I emphasize that it’s a guess at this point, is that the Steelers will add a young running back via the draft to be Le’Veon Bell’s backup, and then Davis and Toussaint compete for the No. 3 spot.”