RB - CHI
Damien Williams and the Bears have reached agreement on a one-year deal.
Williams reaches agreement on a one-year deal with the Bears after being released by the Chiefs during the offseason. He opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. Williams is familiar with the Bears offensive playbook as he’ll be reunited with Bears HC Charles Nagy and OC Bill Lazor. Williams will most likely serve as a change-of-pace back and compete with Tarik Cohen for the RB2 role behind starter David Montgomery.
The Chiefs released RB Damien Williams.
Williams' decision to opt out of the 2020 season led to an epic hype train for rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire last year. Set to turn 29 in a couple of weeks, Williams' release will save Kansas City $2.2 million in cap space. This comes on the same day that they re-signed Darrel Williams. Releasing (Damien) Williams is a boost to CEH's 2021 value.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs RB Damien Williams is expected to opt-in to the 2021 season.
As is RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Williams opted out of the 2020 campaign, which led to Clyde Edwards-Helaire's perceived fantasy stock reaching an all-time high come August. His return likely means that KC won't make an effort to re-sign Le'Veon Bell.
RB Damien Williams has elected to opt out of the 2020 season.
In a statement from Chiefs GM Brett Veach, "As an organization. we certainly understand and respect Damien's choice, knowing it was made in the best interest of his family." "He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person, and we're going to miss having him around this season." Williams, coming off a monster performance in the playoffs was projected to be the Chiefs starting RB and form a one-two punch with first round selection Clyde Edwards Helaire. Williams is set to rejoin the Chiefs for the 2021 campaign. Edwards Helaire has a clear path to serve as the Chiefs top running back, and is projected to be a top-10 pick in redraft leagues.
Running backs coach Deland McCullough believes RB Damien Williams’ “maturation” in the Chiefs offense “is going to be a big jump this year.”
“When he shined, he shined at a level that helped us get over a hump in a few games — and obviously helped us in winning the Super Bowl,” McCullough said of Williams. Willams played just 11 games last season, splitting time with a number of Chiefs RBs, but he was the primary ball carrier the majority of the games he played. He rushed for 104 yards and a score in the Super Bowl, and for that the Chiefs may have to give him opportunities early on this season. Williams is only under contract for one more season, and Kansas City went ahead and drafted his eventual replacement in Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round. It’ll be interesting to see the split between the two backs, but figure they’ll both play a role early on in the season.
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