5 NFL Teams That Could Sign Karlos Williams
The Buffalo Bills officially cut ties with running back Karlos Williams on Saturday, following a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and weight issues.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 20, 2016
Buffalo Cuts Losses
Williams reportedly showed up to training camp over weight initially, and then continued to struggle with his weight even after being handed his four-game ban by the NFL.
At one point this off-season, now former Bills’ RB Karlos Williams’ weight went as high as 261 pounds. Bills had listed him at 229 pounds.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 20, 2016
The Bills soured greatly on the young running back, even though he showed immense upside as a rookie in 2015, rushing for 517 yards and seven scores on the ground.
Bills Have Insurance
Williams’ inability to keep his weight and check or take his job seriously in general led to the Bills releasing the 23-year old, while the recent signing of veteran running back Reggie Bush also helped make him expendable.
The move makes room for Bush to backup starting rusher LeSean McCoy, and also gives the likes of Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Herron a chance to win a job.
Talent is Still There
While Buffalo clearly felt they were making a decision to better the integrity of their roster, they did cut an extremely talented running back, who at just 23 years old, still has a potentially very bright career ahead of him.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) August 20, 2016
Being out of shape and guaranteed to miss the first four games of the 2016 NFL season, there is no doubt Williams may have to prove himself in his next stop. That being said, someone will surely take a chance on Williams on sheer talent alone.
Here’s a look at five teams we think would make the most sense for Karlos Williams:
New England Patriots
The Pats still don’t know who they want to start at running back in 2016, as LeGarrette Blount is slowly losing favor in the organization and Dion Lewis is recovering from a devastating knee injury.
Not only does Bill Belichick love a good reclamation project, but he and his Patriots know first hand how good Williams is. Besides, how sweet would it be to steal a talent under Rex Ryan?
San Diego Chargers
The Bolts have a promising young rusher in Melvin Gordon, but what if he joins a long list of Wisconsin running backs that didn’t pan out?
Gordon was very inconsistent as a rookie and while he seems to have improved in all facets going into the new year, he is still unproven. San Diego also doesn’t have a whole lot of reliable talent beyond him, either, so picking up a young stud like Williams could do a lot of good for their backfield depth.
Ditto for the Eagles, who seem pretty content with a mediocre trio of Ryan Mathews, Kenjon Barner and Darren Sproles, but could still use a talent boost.
Sproles is aging, Barner is unproven and Mathews – to some – isn’t a great fit for Doug Pederson’s system. Pederson ran a run-heavy offense in Kansas City and could use all the productive rushers he can get his hands on.
It’s Frank Gore or bust again in Indy, as the Colts do not have a very explosive rushing attack and have little to get excited about beyond their ageless rusher.
Gore should inevitably hit a wall soon, too, and then what are the Colts left with? An unproven Josh Ferguson or Robert Turbin? Williams needs to get on top of his weight, but even as a default option he’d offer far more upside.
Washington is another dicey situation, as the Redskins do appear to have a sensational talent in Matt Jones, but he is not without his issues. Not only has Jones not proven himself as a featured runner yet, but he also struggled with ball control as a rookie.
Even aside from Jones’ fumbling woes, the Redskins still don’t have a ton of depth at the position. Alfred Morris left in free agency this year, leaving scat-back Chris Thompson and little else behind Jones. Williams could come in and push Jones as the season went on, and would at worst be a nice complementary piece.
Think you’ve got a better landing spot for Karlos Williams or think his time in the league has come and gone? Tell us all about it in the comments below!
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