That’s not surprising. Williams has been a non-factor this season as Jonathan Stewart has replaced him as the starter. But I think Williams, 29, still is a quality player who could help a team willing to give him playing time and carries.
The NFL trading deadline is Tuesday. It’s easy to talk about the possibility of a Williams trade, but that doesn’t mean it will happen.
There are several potential obstacles. First off, Carolina fired general manager Marty Hurney last week. The Panthers are using a committee approach, with Hurney’s former staff members working with coach Ron Rivera on personnel matters. Owner Jerry Richardson also could become involved if a decision has to be made on what to do with Williams.
More importantly, there would be big salary-cap implications for any team that trades for Williams. He would cost a new team $2.6 million in cap space the rest of this season and has $18 million remaining on a contract that runs for three more seasons.