According to a report this afternoon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB and pending free agent Carnell “Cadillac” Williams is getting some interest from the St. Louis Rams organization. Pro Football Weekly and Rotoworld are reporting that Williams is creating some “buzz” with the Rams organization.
Williams, 29, has made a remarkable comeback into the NFL after suffering terrible injuries to both of his knees. In 2010 with the Buccaneers, Williams assumed more of the role of a third down back for the Tampa organization after their acquisition of RB LeGarrette Blount. Despite not starting until nearly mid-season, Blount went on to record a 1,000 yard season. Cadillac Williams became more of a third down back for the Buccaneers and has really become an effective pass blocker as well as a receiver out of the backfield, something he was not very adroit at early on in his career.
The Auburn product will be a free agent whenever the free agency period starts this offseason, and while I’m sure he would like to return to the Buccaneers, head coach Raheem Morris has a youth movement underway with the Tampa club and in last month’s draft, selected USC RB Allen Bradford, who is a Blount clone in running style, so perhaps a shift to a power running game might be the trend for the Buccaneers.
While the Rams addressed the wide receiver and tight end positions in last month’s draft, they did nothing to find an adequate back up for RB Steven Jackson. While the Buccaneer faithful would hate to see the fan favorite depart the Bay area, a Williams signing by the Rams would make good sense for the franchise to appears to be getting back on the right track.