DeAngelo Williams on the trade block?

The Carolina Panthers have been fielding calls from other teams that have interest in trading for running back DeAngelo Williams, Adam Schefter reports.

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.