DeAngelo Williams drawing interest from a contender?

DeAngelo Williams sounded as curious as anyone Sunday about the possibility that he'd played his final game as a Carolina Panther.

Stick a fork in them: Carolina

The Panthers had their guts ripped out by the Bears in a Sunday loss that effectively dooms them, Dan Hanzus writes. More ...

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday he doesn't expect to see Williams -- or anyone else -- head elsewhere before this week's trade deadline.

"We've got to sit here and see if somebody does call, but we're not looking to move anybody or send anybody away or try to get anybody out there," Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. "I don't think we have a lot to give in terms of trying to trade for players."

Williams has been ineffective in limited duty this season, but he has averaged 5 yards per carry since entering the NFL in 2006. He has been completely marginalized in Carolina's offense, getting just 19 carries in the past three games. A team source told the Observer that at least one playoff-contending team has contacted the Panthers about a potential deal for Williams.

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It makes sense for the Panthers to get what they can for 29-year-old Williams, who isn't contributing this season and almost certainly won't be brought back in 2013.

The NFL pushed the trade deadline back to Thursday at 4 p.m. ET because of the issues on the East Coast caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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