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Pete Carroll brings back two more of his former players

Two months ago, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll signed one of his former players, a punter.  He’s now signing two more of them.

Including one of the biggest draft busts of the past decade.

Receiver Mike Williams and fullback Ryan Powdrell will be joining the team, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

Williams spent two seasons with the Lions before being released.  He then had brief stints with the Raiders and Titans.  He has been out of football for two full seasons.

With left tackle Walter Jones likely to retire, maybe the Seahawks are considering giving Williams a crack at filling the void.

And if we need any evidence with only six days to go until the 2010 draft regarding the inherently imperfect nature both of scouting and of, um, draftniking, consider that Mel Kiper’s head was close to exploding as Williams fell through the top ten in the 2005 draft.

To his credit, Kiper owned his blunder:  “Williams was one of my worst evaluations ever.”

Then again, we didn’t need him to say it in order to know it.

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32 Responses to “Pete Carroll brings back two more of his former players”
  1. Ryan_Mack says: Apr 16, 2010 6:01 AM

    My god the Seahawks are going to be terrible this year.

  2. Munze Konza says: Apr 16, 2010 6:07 AM

    “With left tackle Walter Jones likely to retire, maybe the Seahawks are considering giving Williams a crack at filling the void.”
    Which Mike Williams is this that can play LT? Oh…wait…I see…humor.
    Seriously though, a 2 year absence from the game is hard to overcome.

  3. uncle fester says: Apr 16, 2010 6:14 AM

    Mike Williams: Cost: nothing Contract: One year. If he works out, great, if he doesn’t, no great loss.

  4. ronmexico7 says: Apr 16, 2010 6:18 AM

    how are they possibly thinking this season is going to go well? whitehurst to williams isnt exactly going to bring manning to harrison type productivity….

  5. ncoolong says: Apr 16, 2010 6:24 AM

    “With left tackle Walter Jones likely to retire, maybe the Seahawks are considering giving Williams a crack at filling the void.”
    I think you’ve got the wrong Mike Williams. The one referenced here is the WR. Mike Williams, the former OT drafted by the Bills, is also a huge bust.
    Maybe it’s just a knee-jerk reaction to assume all Mikes are busts…Not trying to be That Guy, Mike…it’s early, I know.

  6. Bengals Season Ticket Chump says: Apr 16, 2010 6:41 AM

    We know how this story is going to end. Pete Carroll will be out of work in two years and no one will ever hear from him again.

  7. BleedGreen says: Apr 16, 2010 6:51 AM

    I think it was a joke, since Mike Williams the WR is reported at 242lb now, but he was also known as one of LenDale White’s cohorts in McDonalds runs when he was with Tennessee.

  8. winslow says: Apr 16, 2010 7:17 AM

    Given the corruption in the USC Athletic Department, Mike Garrett will soon be looking for work. He is a Heisman Trophy winner with Super Bowl experience, and a proven workhouse who functions well in a zone blocking scheme. He has twice rushed for a thousand yards in the pros.
    And even at age 65, he is more likely to succeed in the NFL than Mike Williams or Ryan Powdrell.
    Every move that Carroll has made thus far screams, “Bobby Petrino!”

  9. scampbell1975 says: Apr 16, 2010 7:19 AM

    Very Spurrier-esque.

  10. seahawks670 says: Apr 16, 2010 7:45 AM

    its like USC all over again the only difference is its here in Seattle

  11. dakotah says: Apr 16, 2010 7:51 AM

    Damn scampbell1975, you beat me to it.
    It didn’t work out too well for the old ball coach.

  12. lamajet says: Apr 16, 2010 7:55 AM

    Give Mike Williams a shot at tight end. Then cut him.

  13. bigtrav425 says: Apr 16, 2010 7:58 AM

    Its just like the real world people…..Take care of your own…how many of ya have not gotten a job because you didnt know the right people or person?….Nothing wrong with taking a flyer on him im sure its for the minimum and he might not even make the team

  14. adeem4578 says: Apr 16, 2010 8:07 AM

    ncoolong says:
    April 16, 2010 6:24 AM
    “With left tackle Walter Jones likely to retire, maybe the Seahawks are considering giving Williams a crack at filling the void.”
    I think you’ve got the wrong Mike Williams. The one referenced here is the WR. Mike Williams, the former OT drafted by the Bills, is also a huge bust.
    Maybe it’s just a knee-jerk reaction to assume all Mikes are busts…Not trying to be That Guy, Mike…it’s early, I know.
    He knew who he was talking about… both Mike Williams’ are fat and suck.

  15. Raider3:16 says: Apr 16, 2010 8:19 AM

    Then again, we didn’t need him to say it in order to know it.
    In other stories you chastise for not asmitting mistakes. Here you make fun when Kiper did admit his mistake. Which is it Cornholio?

  16. No-Neck says: Apr 16, 2010 8:27 AM

    Sounds like he’s taking a page out of Spurrier’s playbook. Can’t wait for the Leinart and Bush trades.

  17. dfeltz says: Apr 16, 2010 8:32 AM

    You love clowning Kiper and McShay as if they are the ones drafting the players. You get that their job is to inform us and give us an expectation of the player. I don’t know about you, but I can’t watch every game and critique every player, I have a job, ESPN puts them to tell us about them. Every year someone is a surprise and someone is a bust. They give opinions. If the sheep want to believe their every word, that is their problem. Its just entertainment Mike. Feel free to give them credit when they are right too, or maybe that won’t allow you to sit on your high horse and tell us stories from “sources.”

  18. pilot08 says: Apr 16, 2010 8:33 AM

    want to work in Dwayne Jarrett in there?

  19. tv says: Apr 16, 2010 8:37 AM

    Yeah, go Pete – I’m sure Williams will work out for you.
    Wait, Pac10 patsies are not on the schedule this year. Uh oh!!

  20. FumbleNuts says: Apr 16, 2010 9:04 AM

    Dementia: A loss of brain function.
    What the hell is Pete Carroll doing?

  21. mike428 says: Apr 16, 2010 9:17 AM

    Oh, get a grip, everybody! These two are camp fodder. No way do any of these two get a roster slot at the end of preseason.

  22. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 16, 2010 9:28 AM

    Can you imagine an NFL team having THREE USC players? That’s NUTSO CRAZY Florio!
    Please write more fascinating articles about this wacky topic. Maybe you could write about how Williams will double as the waterboy, when he isn’t doing his work on the O-line?

  23. mmcnulty says: Apr 16, 2010 9:30 AM

    Meryll Hodge was the only guy I heard that predicted Mike Williams future closely. I think in the days leading up to the draft he said he should be no better than a 3rd round pick

  24. realitypolice says: Apr 16, 2010 10:08 AM

    ronmexico7 says:
    April 16, 2010 6:18 AM
    how are they possibly thinking this season is going to go well? whitehurst to williams isnt exactly going to bring manning to harrison type productivity….
    ==========================
    “Whitehurst to Williams” LMFAO. Awesome.
    That sound you here is the entire city of Seattle simultaneously throwing up in their mouths.

  25. NinerDynasty says: Apr 16, 2010 10:45 AM

    Are you kidding me? Pete is dumb ass thinking that he can get all this bust back on their feet, this is not college football anymore, its a big boys games in the NFL. If this players like Mike Williams didn’t make it in a weak horrible roster like the lions what makes him think it’s going to be any different 2-3 years later while they are out of shape. The hawks crashing down hard… No complains here by the bay.

  26. thegeton says: Apr 16, 2010 11:08 AM

    Pete Caroll’s NFL coaching record barely qualifies him to instruct girls T-Ball. The fact that he’s willing to repeat not only his own mistakes, but also to follow in the footsteps of Steve Spurrier indicates to me that he’s just another idiot in a long line of egocentric college coaching idiots who never cut it at the Pro level.

  27. pacificamike says: Apr 16, 2010 12:09 PM

    Yall need to show some RESPECT to BMW. How many of yall have ever caught an NFL touchdown pass?

  28. ToledoLions says: Apr 16, 2010 3:09 PM

    The Mike Williams playing LT jab was a joke, in reference to the fact that his fat ass ballooned up to, reportedly, 270lbs. Honestly though, I would be terrified by what’s going on in the Seahawks organization if I was a fan of them.

  29. t.pense says: Apr 16, 2010 3:27 PM

    Don’t think the Hawks don’t know what they’re doing. They’ve fully committed themselves to the pursuit of Hall of Fame Member (2030) Jake Locker.

  30. ToledoLions says: Apr 16, 2010 3:34 PM

    mike428:
    “Oh, get a grip, everybody! These two are camp fodder. No way do any of these two get a roster slot at the end of preseason.”
    ——————————————————
    With that powerhouse roster they’re putting together, I think they will be day one starters. I mean, honestly, who will start over them?

  31. Bious says: Apr 16, 2010 6:31 PM

    Not a bad decision
    Williams has talent but needs some motivation
    He is a solid #2-#3 WR if he can be put into a role that allows him just to catch short passes
    He isn’t a deep-ball threat

  32. chitownlionsfan410 says: Apr 16, 2010 7:22 PM

    Mike williams didn’t work for multi-millions. why would he work for nothing?

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