DeAngelo Williams trying to take demotion in stride

Updated:

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is in the second year of the five-year, $43.5 million contract yet his future in Carolina has never been more uncertain.

Williams was benched two weeks ago for Jonathan Stewart and has just 13 carries for 37 yards in his last two games.

He's says he's heard talk about being on the trading block, but doesn't pay much attention to it.

Williams says "the thought of staying a Panther never really crossed my mind because the thought of leaving never crossed my mind. In my mind, I'm going to continue being a Panther until told otherwise."

Panthers interim general manager Brandon Beane says the team is not shopping Williams, or any other player, and that no team has contacted him this week about Williams.