"There's a viable chance."
Those are the words of multiple league sources to ProFootballTalk.com regarding the possibility that Carolina Panthers' running back DeAngelo Williams might be traded by today's deadline.
The 29-year-old, seven-year vet is averaging 3.4 yards-per-carry this season and is on pace for the worst statistical year of his career.
Per Rotoworld, via PFT reporter Darin Gantt, "several" teams have inquired about Williams and the "interest is serious."
But we, as football fans know, the NFL trade deadline is traditionally the most inactive deadline in all four major professional sports.
So, will Williams be moved by the team that extended him in July of 2011?
First things first. It's important that organizations are interested in Williams. Without interest, obviously, no trade goes down.
But we must remember the financial hit the Panthers would have to absorb if a deal is struck.
Should the Panthers trade DeAngelo Williams?
A trade prior to June 1 of 2013 would enact a $9.6 million cap acceleration, and although PFT initially reported that the total would come off the 2012 cap, it would actually be counted toward 2013.
However, according to Gantt, "the Panthers are absolutely prepared to absorb that hit if the right deal comes along."
Therefore, the pieces are in place.
Teams are reportedly interested in Williams, and the Panthers are willing to move a guy who has become their backup runner.
No, Williams isn't a thorn in the Panthers' side—and the franchise shouldn't trade him without receiving adequate compensation.
If a contender will part with a third or fourth rounder, Carolina should be all ears.
There are no guarantees, but remember, there truthfully is a viable chance.