Before we let sensationalism draw you into this piece, it should be made clear that DeAngelo Williams is still Carolina's No. 2 back behind Jonathan Stewart . The point is though that the Panthers' general manager acknowledged that "anything's possible [and] the roster is fluid" after a discussion regarding the addition of rookie back Kenjon Barner out of Oregon. Williams had nearly 30 percent of his rushing yardage and 40 percent of his rushing TDs in the regular season finale against the Saints. Before that, he was on pace to have his worst full season since his rookie year.
Any fantasy owner who has owned Williams, even briefly, over the last four seasons already knows what I'm going to say. The former Memphis alumni has underwhelmed and has become expendable. He is 30 years old and is set to earn over $17 million over the next three years of his deal. Yes, he is signed through 2015. It isn't out of the question for the Panthers to consider moving in a new direction sooner rather than later since so much money is locked up in that contract.