Panthers privately claim a contender has inquired about DeAngelo Williams

AP

With the trade deadline nudged from Tuesday to Thursday, one of the few names that remain in the rumor mill for a possible deal is Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams.

The Charlotte Observer, citing an unnamed team source, reports that an unnamed contending team has inquired about Williams.

Of course, that could be a deliberate leak aimed at scaring up a market for Williams.  But if the Panthers trade him, they’ll take a $9.6 million cap hit right now.

Though the net impact would be offset by $2.77 million in base salary that will be avoided by not having Williams on the roster, the Panthers would have to restructure a few contracts to facilitate any deal, given that the team had only $5.3 million in cap space last month.

Officially, coach Ron Rivera says the team isn’t shopping anyone.  But the Panthers also aren’t pressing the “decline” button when the phone rings.  “We’ve got to sit here and see if somebody does call, but we’re not looking to move anybody or send anybody away or try to get anybody out there,” Rivera said. “I don’t think we have a lot to give in terms of trying to trade for players.”

A trade would mean that the Panthers paid Williams more than $20 million for 23 games played since signing his latest deal.

55 responses to “Panthers privately claim a contender has inquired about DeAngelo Williams

  1. The Panthers G.M. deserved to get fired. In a passing league with an aging Steve Smith and no other competent receiver, the idiot ties up 2 running backs with almost 50 mil in guaranteed money, and neither one is playing at a high level that those contracts would suggest.

  2. Green Bay? They havent had a decent rb and this would make them even more dangerous. Rodgers is a douche, just had to throw that in

  3. Pretty much has to be the Packers. All the other “Contenders,” (Giants, Niners, Broncos, Patriots, & Texans) have their running back situation shored up.

    If you’re angry that I didn’t include the Bears, Vikings, I don’t care.

  4. The cap stuff is a plus. gets it off this year when they suck and not next year when they want to try to win. Even having to make room gives them an excuse to cut some dead wood, and/or guys in their final year they dont want back anyway

  5. Great running back. Averages 5 yards a carry for his career. I think Barry Sanders is the only one to ever do that? Thats crazy talk but its true.

    The dude just needs a real fullback in front of him. The Panthers have Mike Tolbert and Greg Olsen blocking for him, and nothing against those guys, but they are not Brad Hoover.

  6. Packer’s offer a 5th and take the salary, Bears panic and counter with their next 3 1st rounders, lions offer their next 4 1st rounders, and Viking’s offer all their super bowl trophies.

  7. Looks like the Packers are already panicking and already realizing their window is closing. First they panic and grab Cedric Benson, now they’re panicing and will give up valuable draft picks for DeAngelo who also won’t pan out in their system.

    As for the “contender”, at this point, that title could be affixed to over the league technically speaking since.

  8. Packers have to be atop the list. He would be a pretty big upgrade over Green even though they don’t have much of a run blocking line.

    Jets need a RB but they shouldn’t be in the business of trading picks for RB’s at this juncture. Cincy could use one as well if they want to keep him around for a few years they can be a fit.

    Also Indy is a possibility if they want to try and make playoffs this year, he would be a tremendous upgrade to that team.

  9. Well at this point of the season only 4 teams are not in contention. Jags, Browns, Chiefs & Panthers. The only 4 teams with 6 losses. Sure the 5 teams with 5 losses have an uphill road. But any team at 3-4 or 4-3 is still in contention. Remember the Giants were 9-7 in the regular season last year.

  10. Why would the Broncos want him, just because his old coach is the coach there? DeAngelo isn’t an elite RB anymore. He’s still got speed, but he dances left & right so much he gets tackled after a 2-yard gain most of the time. I don’t think he’s going to get traded. We’re going to hold on to our players and let the new GM – and subsequently, the new coach – decide who to keep and who to drop.

    And we don’t need a receiver. Smith, LaFell, Murphy and Olsen are doing fine. The play-calling is the problem. Our superstar OC has let all the press give him the big head and he’s been trying too hard to be cute up until the Bears game.

    All that being said, if anyone calls and says, “You give us DeAngelo, and will give you a 7th and a primate who can barely stand upright and plays defense,” that would be awfully tempting for us, since we don’t have very many of those at the moment…

  11. Why hasn’t anyone mentioned the Falcons? I’m not hearing this from any of the talking heads or you commentors. Imagine what a legitimate running back like DeAngelo would mean to the Falcons.

    Not sure of their salary cap situation but we know that Atlanta is determined to make moves that help their team now and this would be consistent with that recently philosophy.

  12. tucostacos says:
    Oct 30, 2012 6:40 AM
    Yes, The Packers need another another running back to ignore while Erin throws 84 passes a game…
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    If McCarthy has a great/talented RB he uses him. See McAllister, Deuce. When Gore was a rookie in 05, he had 4.8 YPC with McCarthy as the playcaller. Believe me, I hate when a team has 0 running dimension because it makes them far easier to defend and that’s been the case with my favorite team for years. But McCarthy is going to use the strengths of his players/team especially if there’s no way to improve that position in a cost effective way (that’s a credit to TT as a GM).

  13. His history says the Packers’ Ted Thompson is much more likely to trade a low pick for a back he likes that’s buried on a depth chart than he is to pay big bucks for a big name. Traded for Ryan Grant. Didn’t make serious effort for either Michael Turner or Marshawn Lynch.

  14. The Prophet says:Oct 29, 2012 11:39 PM

    Looks like the Packers are already panicking and already realizing their window is closing. First they panic and grab Cedric Benson, now they’re panicing and will give up valuable draft picks for DeAngelo who also won’t pan out in their system.

    As for the “contender”, at this point, that title could be affixed to over the league technically speaking since.
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    So who did you talk to in the Green Bay front office that gave you the impression that they are panicking?

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