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Panthers privately claim a contender has inquired about DeAngelo Williams

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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.

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55 Responses to “Panthers privately claim a contender has inquired about DeAngelo Williams”
  1. cletusvandam says: Oct 29, 2012 9:29 PM

    The problem is compared to Carolina everyone is a contender

  2. nycruuuzin says: Oct 29, 2012 9:30 PM

    Green Bay Packers.

  3. esplife03 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:33 PM

    I have a feeling that if there actually is a team interested, they either have to be the Lions or the Packers

  4. thekiller678 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:33 PM

    The year the Panthers had a #2 seed I think in 08(?) this guy was a monster. Wonder what happened? The QB taking all the goal line carries cant help

  5. rickastleydancemoves says: Oct 29, 2012 9:37 PM

    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.

  6. rooster34 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:40 PM

    Straight up for Felix Jones I hope

  7. jerrysshadescleaner says: Oct 29, 2012 9:47 PM

    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

  8. lilrob10201 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:48 PM

    Packers ?

  9. muskyhunter2542 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    $100 says he’s a Packer this week.

  10. joeyashwi says: Oct 29, 2012 9:56 PM

    Packers???

  11. duncanthecat says: Oct 29, 2012 9:57 PM

    Possibly the Cowboys; then again, the term “contenders” rules them out.

  12. grogansneck says: Oct 29, 2012 9:57 PM

    Are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers contenders?

  13. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:01 PM

    The green bay packers arent superbowl contenders though…

  14. sd1024 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:09 PM

    They dont need running backs or running water…they have SUPERMAN!!!!

  15. bigred12 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:13 PM

    Green Bay? Makes the most sense. Alex Green hasn’t done much. Steelers, maybe?

  16. jjrs89 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:17 PM

    New England

  17. j972 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:17 PM

    My source tells me it’s the Packers.

  18. emoney826 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:19 PM

    Packers, perhaps? Anything is better than Alex Green right now.

  19. trevor123698 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:20 PM

    its gotta be the packers.

  20. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 29, 2012 10:21 PM

    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.

  21. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Oct 29, 2012 10:23 PM

    Steelers will trade a 7th for him… as a backup.

  22. MichaelEdits says: Oct 29, 2012 10:24 PM

    Trade him. Stewart has better hands. Then bring in a WR to help our #1 guy, Brandon Lafell. Trade Smith too. He got old and his ego hurts Cam.

  23. bengalsguy55 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:32 PM

    Bengals?!

  24. hitit49 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:32 PM

    Outstanding, trade your hardest playing player and good luck in your quest for a high draft pick. True winners in Mel Kipers books

  25. raider23mike says: Oct 29, 2012 10:33 PM

    Fox and the Broncos

  26. mrcosio says: Oct 29, 2012 10:37 PM

    I think you just have away the team that wants Williams

  27. broncostevenp says: Oct 29, 2012 10:43 PM

    Here’s a scoop for you PFT. It’s Denver.

  28. armchairqb says: Oct 29, 2012 10:48 PM

    A contending team who is tired of contending?

  29. bengalsguy55 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:53 PM

    Bengals?????

  30. katolungile says: Oct 29, 2012 10:53 PM

    “Contendor” obviously means the Jets aren’t looking at him.

  31. ishallcomment says: Oct 29, 2012 11:04 PM

    Someone is sizing up the price tags on he and Steven Jackson

  32. berniemadoffsides says: Oct 29, 2012 11:06 PM

    Packers.

  33. dirksimmons says: Oct 29, 2012 11:08 PM

    My gut says the Green Bay Packers go after a running back.

  34. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Oct 29, 2012 11:11 PM

    Odds are its the Pack, they need all the help they can get at the RB position…. Skol Vikes

  35. ajec80 says: Oct 29, 2012 11:18 PM

    …and the Florio counting-other-people’s-money obsession continues…

  36. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 29, 2012 11:19 PM

    Either him or SJax would be fine. Super Bowl, Homeboy.

  37. jasndc75 says: Oct 29, 2012 11:31 PM

    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

  38. pilot2011 says: Oct 29, 2012 11:32 PM

    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.

  39. hrmlss says: Oct 29, 2012 11:37 PM

    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.

  40. 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.

  41. cannonballdookie says: Oct 29, 2012 11:40 PM

    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.

  42. displacedsox says: Oct 30, 2012 12:52 AM

    Rex Ryan is the only one who believes Jets are contenders, so its probably them

  43. azwildcats96 says: Oct 30, 2012 1:13 AM

    Broncos need insurance behind McGahee. Moreno and Hill aren’t it. They wanted Williams before the season started and still do.

  44. superdanlp says: Oct 30, 2012 2:20 AM

    The Packers would NOT trade for a guy with that contract at that position…

  45. 22much4ken says: Oct 30, 2012 5:42 AM

    All these comments about green bay trading for him – hello – tight wad Teddy doesn’t trade for any players

  46. mwindle1973 says: Oct 30, 2012 5:54 AM

    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.

  47. 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…

  48. scottieplongballs says: Oct 30, 2012 7:13 AM

    Wow was that GM garbage! Did someone say the Packers were looking for a rb? DuH. Thompsons ego is too big. He wont trade anything less than a 7th rounder

  49. jgedgar70 says: Oct 30, 2012 9:05 AM

    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…

  50. keeppounding says: Oct 30, 2012 10:39 AM

    He’s still pretty good in madden so I hope they keep him.

  51. texastbones says: Oct 30, 2012 12:30 PM

    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.

  52. firstnovaprime says: Oct 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    They’re trying bait people.

  53. CKL says: Oct 30, 2012 3:11 PM

    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…
    _______________________________
    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).

  54. deltaoracle says: Oct 30, 2012 4:02 PM

    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.

  55. lambeauandlombardi says: Oct 30, 2012 7:55 PM

    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.
    ……………………………………………………………………..

    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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