Carolina Panthers: Building an NFL Trade Deadline Wish List

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Carolina Panthers: Building an NFL Trade Deadline Wish List
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Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams could be trade bait as the NFL's mid-season deadline approaches.

After starting the season with a 1-5 record, the Carolina Panthers made their first major in-season move on Monday by firing long time general manager Marty Hurney.

Hurney, who is close friends with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, started with the team in 1998, and he served as Carolina's general manager from 2002 through Week 7 of the 2012 NFL season.

More moves could be forthcoming for the Panthers, who are looking to rebound from one of the worst starts in franchise history with the NFL trade deadline looming just six days away on Oct. 30.

The Panthers have a long-held philosophy of building the team through the draft rather than through free agency or mid-season trades, but with Hurney's ouster, all options are on the table for Carolina's players and coaches.

Everyone's job is on the line now, including key players and members of the coaching staff who have a combined record of 7-15 since Ron Rivera became Carolina's head coach in 2011.

Now that Hurney is gone, will the Panthers decide to change their team-building strategy by making a major in-season move to spark the team in a new direction for the rest of the season?

With several positions on the Carolina roster in need of an upgrade, here is a look at four players currently on other teams who could make an immediate impact in a Panthers uniform.

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