NFL rumors are mostly speculation this time of year as there is generally very little movement at the NFL trade deadline. Even with the deadline being moved back to Thursday as Hurricane Sandy threatens to wreak havoc on the eastern seaboard, expect little movement.
However, the Carolina Panthers might be one of the few teams actively seeking to make a deal before the deadline because they are rumored to have placed running back DeAngelo Williams on the trade block.
Williams is now the second string back behind Jonathan Stewart, but still might have something to offer a team looking for a potential impact back.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has stated the team is not actively seeking to trade Williams, but it is clear that they are willing to listen to offers. That would be a smart move for the Panthers–to potentially get a couple of mid-round draft picks for a running back who has no real value to them and is in the second year of a five-year deal worth $43 million.
There are quite a few teams that could use a running back of Williams’ talents. Notably the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals could all use a helping hand at running back. The Dallas Cowboys could also be a potential destination given the injury problems surrounding DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones’ ineffectiveness.
The Jacksonville Jaguars could also be a player for Williams as Maurice Jones Drew is out for the year and replacement Rashad Jennings doesn’t exactly have the best health history.
If Williams isn’t traded before the deadline or leading up to the NFL Draft, the Panthers could very well cut him to free up cap space while drafting a running back to team with Stewart. This could be the beginning of a slew of Williams rumors leading up to the start of next season.