In a surprising move, the Seattle Seahawks released wide receiver Mike Williams yesterday afternoon.
Williams had become an amazing comeback story, having a second chance at his career in Seattle, after failing to do so in both Oakland and Detroit. It would appear that the quarterback change last season may have played a large role in this decision. Williams had an uncanny connection with former Seahawk and current Titan quarterback, Matt Hasselback in 2010 before his departure to Tennessee.
During that time, he led the team in yards (751) and holds the record for most touchdowns in a postseason game (3) during his 2010 tenure. He was instrumental in helping the Seahawks head to the playoffs that season, catching the only touchdown during their match up with the St. Louis Rams, the tie breaker game that would lead to the historical events in Seattle’s history since their 2005 Superbowl run. Following this season, he would receive a three-year extension that would pay him $1.75 million in base salary in 2011 and increase to $3 million in 2012.
Injuries plagued Williams second year eventually cutting his season short with a broken left ankle. Tarvaris Jackson had come over with his favorite weapon in Minnesota, Sydney Rice, making him the “go to guy” and not allowing Williams to materialize a chemistry with the quarterback. Along with the arrival of the undrafted rookie, Doug Baldwin, who led the team in receptions and yardage last season, the USC product was left out in the cold a bit.
It is speculated that in the picking up tight end, Kellen Winslow, Williams departure will be all but confirmed. Until yesterday.
“We would like to thank Mike for his contributions over the past two seasons and we wish him well in the future,” Seattle general manager John Schneider said in a statement.
This door will now be left open for Baldwin giving him his chance to show how important he can be for his team. Rice, who is still healing from two offseason shoulder surgeries, hopes to become strong enough to avoid being sidelined at all in 2012. Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu, two players that really stepped up and made the difference in certain situation last year, will also being making a grab at the position, as well as the super quick Ricardo Lockette.
Williams will leave Seattle still holding the highest amount of touchdowns in a postseason game, he will also leave with a better feel for the NFL and will definitely find a home somewhere soon. Minnesota has the need for another big receiver of Williams stature as well as Miami. With career stats like this (127 receptions for 1,526 yards with five touchdowns) no one will turn him away at the door.