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Cadillac Williams signs his tender

C. Williams.jpgI submitted my votes Wednesday for the Pro Football Writer’s of America yearly awards, which includes the “Halas Award” for overcoming adversity.

All of the candidates were worthy, and I was happy to see Carnell “Cadillac” Williams’ name on the list.  His career was believed to be over when he tore his left patella tendon to finish 2008, just one year after tearing his right patella tendon.

But Williams was back on the field for Week One, playing effectively with his trademark aggressive style.  He played so well, the team couldn’t get high priced free agent Derrick Ward enough work.

Williams’ future remains uncertain, but he signed his one-year tender on Wednesday for $2.303 million and looks like the favorite to start in Tampa again. 

We spend a lot of the day writing about what’s wrong with the NFL. By all accounts, Williams is a joy to coach, play with, and is plenty of fun to watch. 

The Bucs also claimed OG Michael Shumard off waivers from the Broncos Wednesday.

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17 Responses to “Cadillac Williams signs his tender”
  1. nfcbeast says: May 12, 2010 6:09 PM

    I hate the Bucs but Cadillac Williams looked like he would be a stud for years when he came into the NFL.
    He had the kind of season that was similar to Adrian Peterson but he just hasnt lived up to the early hype.
    Oh, is Ronde Barber still playing? Thats the only player i can even name on the Bucs besides……um…..Mike Alstott still there? lol

  2. bigb says: May 12, 2010 6:11 PM

    who?

  3. JSpicoli says: May 12, 2010 6:11 PM

    I like ranch or bbq sauce with my tenders.

  4. cover2blitz0 says: May 12, 2010 6:11 PM

    roll caddy roll

  5. Slow Joe says: May 12, 2010 6:15 PM

    Someone please tell me Shumard is worth a damn.
    Also, I love Caddy. He’s probably not the same guy he was before the two horrific injuries, but he’s still plenty talented and breaks tackles. If we could just a passing game going, I think he’d be pretty close to his former self.

  6. se18a29 says: May 12, 2010 6:18 PM

    Who?

  7. SmellMyFinger says: May 12, 2010 6:20 PM

    Good for him. Hope he comes back with a strong season.

  8. brasho says: May 12, 2010 6:28 PM

    His trademark aggressive style? Until last season he thought he was a jitterbug and was awful, dancing behind the line-of-scrimmage and gettin stuffed for no gain when he should have fallen forward for 2-3 yards.
    Then there was his pass catching, before last season he dropped half of the passes that hit him square in the hands.
    Like Deuce McAllister, the knee injuries to Williams were almost a blessing. Williams was benched before the 1st injury and was on his way to getting the boot out of Tampa… then he got hurt and came back running North-South instead of East-West and instead of trying to break a long one everytime (which he never did), he got what was there and ran hard. He even caught the better as well, his pass blocking is still not very good.
    This past season he played better than at any other point in his career other than the first 3 games of his career. That being said, he doesn’t have much tread left on his tires and this is likely his last season in Tampa.

  9. biggdogg463 says: May 12, 2010 6:34 PM

    Cadillac is a great runner who was derailed by injuries. A bit sad when you think about what could have been for him and the Bucs but the way he worked his way back from potential career ending injuries says alot about this young mans character. Gotta respect his love for the game. Shout out to Florio, love the site and been logging on since before i had kids. Go Bucs!

  10. ethan robert says: May 12, 2010 6:40 PM

    Carnell the Magnificent.

  11. Osterhouse says: May 12, 2010 6:58 PM

    brasho says:
    May 12, 2010 6:28 PM
    His trademark aggressive style? Until last season he thought he was a jitterbug and was awful, dancing behind the line-of-scrimmage and gettin stuffed for no gain when he should have fallen forward for 2-3 yards.
    Then there was his pass catching, before last season he dropped half of the passes that hit him square in the hands.
    Like Deuce McAllister, the knee injuries to Williams were almost a blessing. Williams was benched before the 1st injury and was on his way to getting the boot out of Tampa… then he got hurt and came back running North-South instead of East-West and instead of trying to break a long one everytime (which he never did), he got what was there and ran hard. He even caught the better as well, his pass blocking is still not very good.
    This past season he played better than at any other point in his career other than the first 3 games of his career. That being said, he doesn’t have much tread left on his tires and this is likely his last season in Tampa.
    ———–
    You clearly didnt see his rookie year

  12. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: May 12, 2010 7:01 PM

    This has nothing to do with Brian Cushing’s small nuts!!1!!1!!

  13. Phil Hernon says: May 12, 2010 7:03 PM

    Carnell ran all over us ( Bills) his rookie year..we could not stop him…….great to see him fight back from that patella injury………not many can.

  14. Beast says: May 12, 2010 7:06 PM

    I’m not a Buc fan, but hope the kid does well.

  15. 49erFanLivingInDallas says: May 12, 2010 11:42 PM

    not a Buc fan either but I hope his knees hold up and he has a couple more productive seasons left in the tank.

  16. lifelongphinfan says: May 13, 2010 12:20 AM

    one thing nick saban was right about is that ronnie brown was and is a better all around back but i still wish the caddy well and would like to see him succeed

  17. MEGAMORE says: May 14, 2010 2:28 PM

    “one thing nick saban was right about is that ronnie brown was and is a better all around back but i still wish the caddy well and would like to see him succeed”
    Comical…without injuries, this comment never would have been made.

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