Teams may be calling the Panthers to see if they can acquire running back DeAngelo Williams from a team without a G.M. For now, it appears that the Panthers won’t bite.
A league source tells PFT that a trade is more likely to happen, if at all, after the Panthers hire a General Manager.
Of Williams’ $5.25 million base salary in 2012, $5 million is fully guaranteed. After this season, none of the remaining money is guaranteed.
Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Williams is due to earn $4.75 million in base salary in 2013, $5.75 million in 2014, and $6.75 million in 2015.
A trade before June 1 of 2013 would result in a $9.6 million cap acceleration for the Panthers; after June 1, Williams would cost $3.2 million against the cap in 2013 and $6.4 million in 2013. A trade before Tuesday would result in the entire $9.6 million hitting the cap in 2012. (As of early September, the Panthers had only $5.3 million in cap space.)
Of course, none of this will stop teams from trying to swipe Williams from the Panthers between now and 4:00 p.m. ET Tuesday.