The Carolina panthers may trade DeAngelo Williams prior to the NFL Trade Deadline this Tuesday, as they continue to shake things up following the removal of Marty Hurney as the team’s general manager earlier this week. Williams and his backfield mate in Jonathan Stewart are two of the reasons why the Panthers fired Hurney, as they have been disappointments since both signing big contracts over each of the past two offseasons.
Of course, it is partly due to how both have been utilized in Carolina’s offense.
Head coach Ron Rivera has said that the Panthers will transition to a power running team, meaning Stewart will get the first crack at carrying the load. If he can prove that he has the “hot hand” going forward, then Stewart will be far more involved in the Panthers’ offense than Williams.
Especially if the Panthers can trade Williams within the next 48 hours.
His contract is a bit of an albatross, making any deal difficult to consummate in that short of a tie span. The window is quickly closing, although it is being reported that the Panthers are listening to offers for Williams, who openly criticized who little he was used during last week’s home loss against the Dallas Cowboys.
Williams has three years and $43 million remaining on his current deal, meaning the Panthers may have to cut him this offseason instead of trading him. Still, it teams who are in desperate need of an upgrade in their ground game decide that Williams could be just what they need, Carolina would be smart to rid themselves of Williams and his massive contract.
Teams who could have an interest in acquiring Williams may include the Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.
Whether they are able to trade Williams over the next two days, or simply choose to release him after this season, expect him to be suiting up for a different team in 2013.