DeAngelo Williams has been relegated to the No. 2 option for the Carolina Panthers. Now, the team is listening to inquiries from around the league for his services.
With trade deadline Tuesday, teams around league have contacted Carolina to inquire about RB DeAngelo Williams. Panthers willing to listen.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2012
Where would Williams fit in best?
He is already 29 years old, but WIlliams undoubtedly still has plenty of miles left in the tank and is a tremendously versatile weapon.
Let's examine five teams that would most benefit from adding him to the depth chart.
Rashard Mendenhall is a talented running back, but the fact of the matter is that he struggles to stay healthy and on the field.
With Jonathan Dwyer filling in right now, there is a need for a shifty and faster change of pace back in the Steelers backfield.
Williams would provide a type of new dynamic that could greatly benefit Pittsburgh's ground game and might open up some passing lanes for QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Dwyer and Mendenhall are both downhill runners, but Williams can stretch the field in all kinds of ways and would definitely open up the Steelers playbook.
The Detroit Lions RB position has seen countless changes and upheavals in recent years. It appears that Mikel Leshoure may finally be the guy who will settle things down and be the permanent No. 1 option.
However, to call the Lions running game versatile or dynamic would be delusional. Jahvid Best, the speed back that was supposed to revolutionize Detroit's attack, is in a constant battle with concussions and may not play at all this season, or ever.
The Lions rank only No. 19 in the league in rushing and are failing in all aspects of the offensive side of the ball.
Williams would not need to be the No. 1 guy in Detroit, and he could not force QB Matthew Stafford to find Calvin Johnson for touchdowns, but he is a dangerous weapon that could create a formidable thunder-and-lightning-type duo with Leshoure.
Ryan Williams is hurt. Beanie Wells is hurt. The one-two punch that the Arizona Cardinals hoped to utilize at the beginning of the season has not worked out, and as a result LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell have been asked to step in and carry the bulk of the workload.
Both players have shown glimpses of potential, but for a team looking to compete now in the NFC West, more is needed out of the rushing attack. Arizona currently ranks No. 27 in the NFL, averaging under 90 yards per game rushing.
Williams would bring a sense of much-needed consistency to the backfield and hopefully allow QB Kevin Kolb to improve in the struggling passing game.
Green Bay has searched desperately for a quality starting option at the running-back position.
Cedric Benson was treading water before being injured. Alex Green is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry, and James Starks is, well, James Starks.
DeAngelo Williams would bring instant credibility to the Packers ground game and deliver the type of offensive balance that is so desired.
Aaron Rodgers and the passing attack are among the most lethal in football, so just imagine their potency when teams have to respect the RB.
Vick Ballard and Donald Brown.
I will go ahead and repeat that for those who may have missed it. Vick Ballard and Donald Brown. Those are the two players currently sitting atop the Indianapolis Colts depth chart at running back.
Needless to say, the Colts could use some talent in the backfield.
Ballard is a backup at best, and Brown has refused to look like the player Indy drafted out of UConn.
The Colts currently rank No. 22 in the NFL in rushing and have not had a player go over 84 yards on the ground yet this season.
No team would benefit more from Williams' services than the Colts.