The Pittsburgh Steelers will have several free agent decisions to make in the offseason. DeAngelo Williams isn’t at the very top of that list but he’s one of the many names. Always active on Twitter, Williams answered one question about his NFL future.
I'm a steeler until march 9th not looking but realistic that something will workout with someone https://t.co/jMw3p73qBq
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) February 7, 2017
If you can’t see it, D-Will’s tweet reads.
“I’m a steeler until march 9th not looking but realistic that something will workout with someone”
That’s not exactly an encouraging tone for a return to Pittsburgh, though to be fair, contract talks will take time to heat back up.
Williams will turn 34 in April. He’s had a great career but has dealt with injuries since coming to Pittsburgh. He underwent a knee scope and missed seven total games. When healthy, at the start of the year, he was still a successful runner. He ran for 143 yards in Week One against Washington and followed that up with a 94 yard performance the next week vs Cincinnati.
Off the field, he’s been a strong locker room presence and a great member in the community with various causes and events he’s championed.
Mike Tomlin has expressed a desire for Williams to return but given his age and how strong this NFL Draft class is, it’s difficult to justify. The Steelers sights will first be set on ensuring Le’Veon Bell returns anyway, be it under the franchise tag or a long-term deal.