The Panthers are 1-5, and just fired their general manager.
So predictably, the buzzards are circling.
Of course, there’s a gulf between “willing to listen” and “able to make a deal.” Without a general manager, the Panthers are left with a committee of administrators, personnel men and coaches, and getting the owner to let them sign off on a major decision might be difficult, especially if teams aren’t offering much in terms of picks, or just trying offload a bad contract of their own.
Then again, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for a team to try to float a possibility in hopes of buying low.
Williams still has value, as he still averages 5.0 yards per carry for his career. But the Panthers have made a choice they were going to make anyway, with the more recently paid Jonathan Stewart getting the bulk of the work moving forward.
All the guaranteed money in Williams’ post-lockout deal was in the first two years, so signing Stewart was an indication he wasn’t a long-term factor anyway.
Now the timing of his departure will be the issue, whether it’s by Tuesday’s deadline or this offseason.