CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina Panthers all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams says he wants to remain with the team despite getting benched earlier this season.
But the seven-year veteran is the first to admit that's not his decision.
Williams says ``the ball is not really in my court.''
Williams has three years remaining on a five-year contract worth $43 million that included a $16 million signing bonus.
Williams 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 Orleans Saints.
Williams started the final five games with Jonathan Stewart out with a high ankle sprain.
``I signed a five-year contract, so that in itself lets you know I want to be back,'' Williams said as the left the stadium.
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