Report: Panthers running backs unavailable for trade

Appearing on Sunday NFL Countdown alongside Chris Mortensen, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that “at least two teams” called the Carolina Panthers last week regarding the availability of running back DeAngelo Williams.

The teams were reportedly informed that Williams is “unavailable.”  As is running back Jonathan Stewart.
The NFL trade deadline is two Tuesdays from now.  Despite an 0-4 start, the Panthers apparently aren’t ready to give up on the season by trading their starting running back for draft picks that could be used to build for the future.
Things may change between now and October 19, however, as the Panthers play 3-1 Chicago on Sunday and will likely hold personnel meetings during their Week Six bye.  It’s possible that team officials will revisit the idea of trading Williams if the Panthers enter the off week 0-5.  Williams, 27, might command as much as a first-round pick as compensation.  
Williams is also scheduled for unrestricted free agency in the offseason.  The cash-strapped Panthers seem unlikely to meet his demands on a long-term contract, which are sure to be lofty.  One alternative to trading Williams could be slapping him with the franchise tag, assuming a new Collective Bargaining Agreement doesn’t do away with the tool.
Stewart is much less likely to be dangled in trade talks.  He is under contract cheaply through the 2012 season.

10 responses to “Report: Panthers running backs unavailable for trade

  1. Carolina is the deepest in the league at rb… Trade talks could be about aquiring Mike Goodson or Tyrell Sutton.

  2. only morons would think we would trade one of them, we have the best group of backs in the league

  3. .
    Why would any NFL player, including Peyton Manning, be classified as “unavailable? There are certain players that would require a high premium to obtain, but its seems ridiculous to refuse any and all discussion.

  4. I think they trade him. Fox is desperate, the way the first half is going, if he doesn’t make something happen soon, he’s done before the season is out.

  5. @ carp killah
    So trading away a playmaker in either Williams or Stewart for a 1st and 3rd round pick would make this season go better?

  6. Martin,
    Hell yes it would. You can get the same production from Stewart and Goodson and possibly get a 1st or 2nd round pick for DWill. Wonder what teams would want him though?

  7. ‘The cash-strapped Panthers’…what? Every report I’ve read is that the Cats are 20-30 mil under the cap this year….hence the reason their product on the field is so horrible – not resigning veterans, no free agent acquisitions in offseason, late round starters, youngest team in the league….

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