Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is not the only high-profile offensive player drawing interest before Thursdays trade deadline.
An NFC team inquired about the availability of veteran wideout Steve Smith on Sunday, but there has been no trade offer and no follow-up talks, a team source said Tuesday.
Fox Sports Jay Glazer reported that multiple teams had inquired about Smith, who signed a three-year contract extension in April.
A trade involving Williams is more likely, although not imminent. The Panthers have $43.5 million in guaranteed money committed to Williams and Jonathan Stewart, who has replaced Williams as the starter.
Multiple playoff-contending teams called the Panthers last week to inquire about a possible trade for Williams, team sources said. The league moved the trade deadline back two days because of Superstorm Sandy.
Coach Ron Rivera said Monday the Panthers were not looking to move anybody or send anybody away. He referred questions about Williams to Brandon Beane, who has been serving as interim general manager since Marty Hurney was fired last week.
Williams, 29, has three years remaining on the $43 million extension he received in 2011.
Smith, 33, is the teams longest-tenured player and the franchises all-time receiving leader. When he signed his extension last spring, Smith said he expected to finish his career with the team that drafted him in 2001.
But the losing has worn on Smith, who requested a trade following the 2-14 season two years ago. After the Panthers (1-6) dropped their fifth game in a row Sunday with a 23-22 loss to Chicago, Smith said the losses were getting tiresome.
Its getting old, Smith said. There is a tradition growing here, and Im not sure which way this tradition is going.
DECISION TIME ON GETTIS: Rivera has made it sound like adding wideout David Gettis to the active roster was a fait accompli. But based on what offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and others in the organization are saying, that might not be the case.
Gettis, who missed the entire 2011 season following ACL surgery, began this season on the physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury.
He began practicing two weeks ago, and the Panthers have until Wednesday to add Gettis to the active roster or he must remain on the PUP list the rest of the season.
Gettis, a sixth-round pick from Baylor in 2010, would give the Panthers a speed receiver if hes 100 percent. He started 13 games as a rookie, catching 37 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yarder from Brian St. Pierre that is the third-longest in team history.
But hes missed the past 23 games, and is working his way back into football shape.
We just need to get him in and be working him in, Chudzinski said. I think he was rusty. Hes still kind of working through. Ive seen him improve in the last couple of weeks. I dont know if hes there yet, but I see him moving in that direction.
ROSTER MOVE: Defensive tackle Frank Kearse is back with the team. Kearse, waived last week when the Panthers activated the more versatile Nate Chandler from the practice squad, cleared waivers and was re-signed, effectively taking Chandlers spot on the practice squad.