Wide receiver Mike Williams revived his career with a big 2010 season for the Seahawks, but he won’t be around for a third year in Seattle.
The Seahawks announced Friday afternoon that they have released Williams. The 10th overall pick of the 2005 Draft had 65 catches for 751 yards for the Seahawks in 2010, his first season with the team after failed stints in Oakland and Tennessee following his departure from Detroit as one of Matt Millen’s many draft misses. The big season got Williams a new contract in Seattle, but he caught just 18 passes in 2011 and is trying to come back from a fractured fibula suffered late last season.
“We would like to thank Mike for his contributions over the past two seasons and we wish him well in the future,” said General Manager John Schneider in a release from the team.
The move solidifies Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate as the top three receivers with the Seahawks. Williams’ departure means that Ben Obomanu, Ricardo Lockette, Kris Durham and Deon Butler are left in the competition for spots behind them on the depth chart.
Injuries and weight issues have hampered him throughout his career, but his size will likely make him intriguing enough to get looks around the league. Williams wasn’t able to work in the spring because of his leg injury, though, and he’ll have to show he’s healthy before he lands with another team.