By TPR Staff

The Seattle Seahawks released wide receiver Mike Williams yesterday, just over one season removed from Williams making a claim to a possible NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. The 2010 season saw Williams catch 65 passes for 751 yards and 2 touchdowns in 14 games, but Williams could not reproduce that same success in 2011 with Seattle, playing in 12 games while catching just 18 balls for 236 yards and 1 touchdown.

But is Williams to blame for his drop in production?

In his huge comeback season in 2010, after having not even been in the league since 2007, Williams was the beneficiary of having Matt Hasselbeck as his quarterback throwing him passes. While Hasselbeck is not an elite quarterback in the league by any means, he is still a considerable upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson, who was Seattle’s main quarterback last season.

In releasing Williams, the Seahawks’ receiving corps is left a bit unsettled, to say the least. Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin return as the team’s top two wide receivers, but Rice has struggled to remain healthy. Baldwin was a rookie last season, so there is always the possibility he takes a step backward in 2012.

The Seahawks will hope that Golden Tate can take the next step forward this season, as they will also have to hope that Ben Obomanu also improves. Seattle also traded for tight end Kellen Winslow to go along with Zach Miller, so they are expected to go to a lot of two tight end sets on offense.

Still, Williams didn’t get a chance to turn his career back around for yet one more time with the Seahawks. And if the team cut him because he couldn’t establish the same connection with Jackson that he did with Hasselbeck, what happens if Jackson fails to win the starting job, and it either goes to Matt Flynn or Russell Wilson? Could Williams could have put up better numbers with either of the latter two than he did Jackson?

That is something that the Seahawks will never find out.

But that does not mean that Williams will not receive one more opportunity to prove himself in the NFL. As training camps begin, many teams will be looking for a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver. The Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos all come to mind.






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Readers Comments (3)

  1. avatar Lennon

    Mike WIlliams is still rehabbing from his injured leg, he is not ready to compete in any training camp at this point in his rehabilitation.

  2. avatar Mesh

    KW2 will be an upgrade over Williams at this point, I expect we will see some mod routes from the TE spot. This also frees up 3 million in cap space, combine this with the assumption that T-Jack is going to get cut/traded or restructured they now have more leeway to get Chris Clemons an extension.

  3. avatar Jefferson L. Davis

    Hass is a good qb, but he went 9-7 with a pretty good Titans team, while Jackson was 7-7 with a very young Seattle Team who did not have a legit #1 OR #2 wide receiver healthy most of the year, and an O-line full of rookies and injuries that was laughably bad for the first half of the season.

    How is that a CONSIDERABLE upgrade…?

    It is very popular to jump on the T-Jack sucks train this year, but the truth is he is a solid vet in his prime who played .500 ball through a torn peck on a poor offense. The verdict is still out on the guy, and personally I hope he wins the job in Seattle again because the O-line should be drastically improved and I think he can lead them to the playoffs.

    Williams is slow, plain and simple, and was hurt a good chunk of last year so why does T-Jack get the blame? He uses his body well but trying to force the ball to a covered guy is far from ideal.


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