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DeAngelo Williams more likely to be traded in the offseason

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CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07: DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers waits for player introductions before their game against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Teams may be calling the Panthers to see if they can acquire running back DeAngelo Williams from a team without a G.M. For now, it appears that the Panthers won’t bite.

A league source tells PFT that a trade is more likely to happen, if at all, after the Panthers hire a General Manager.

Of Williams’ $5.25 million base salary in 2012, $5 million is fully guaranteed. After this season, none of the remaining money is guaranteed.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Williams is due to earn $4.75 million in base salary in 2013, $5.75 million in 2014, and $6.75 million in 2015.

A trade before June 1 of 2013 would result in a $9.6 million cap acceleration for the Panthers; after June 1, Williams would cost $3.2 million against the cap in 2013 and $6.4 million in 2013. A trade before Tuesday would result in the entire $9.6 million hitting the cap in 2012. (As of early September, the Panthers had only $5.3 million in cap space.)

Of course, none of this will stop teams from trying to swipe Williams from the Panthers between now and 4:00 p.m. ET Tuesday.