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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Validating DeAngelo Williams' deal

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

We’ve got some evidence that running back DeAngelo Williams is worth the $43 million contract he agreed to with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.

Although his total rushing yards might not be outrageous since he shares carries with Jonathan Stewart, no running back has made more of his opportunities than Williams.

In his five seasons in the NFL, no players has a higher yards per rush average, with a minimum of 500 attempts. That’s according to ESPN Stats & Information. Here’s a look at the running backs with the best average over the past five seasons.