Seahawks saved $3.25 million by cutting Mike Williams


When the Seattle Seahawks parted ways recently with veteran receiver Mike Williams, they ensured that they wouldn’t be paying Mike Williams in 2012.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Williams was due to pocket a base salary of $3 million in 2012.  If he had been on the roster as of Week One, the amount would have essentially been fully guaranteed.

Williams also was eligible to earn per-game roster bonuses in the amount of $15,625, for a full-season total of $250,000.  Now?  Not.

Williams, who resurrected his career by joining the Seahawks in 2010, was signed through 2013.  The 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Williams was out of football in 2008 an 2009.

11 responses to “Seahawks saved $3.25 million by cutting Mike Williams

  1. I know a way they can save another $4 million in cap space; cut Tarvaris Jackson
    Must be a Niners fan. Not going to cut Tarvaris as he’s going to prove in camp that he belongs to be the starter. Now go and get ready for the coming back to earth of Alex Smith.

  2. I like this cut for one simple fact….it shows pete carroll plays no favorites. I know he loved mike williams @ SC and for him to do this means he really is only thinking of the future….go Raiders!

  3. thegreatgabbert says:
    Jul 15, 2012 11:56 PM
    “Big Mac” Williams priced himself out of the market.

    More like he ate himself out of the market.

    After his 68-catch season in 2010, he was given a three-year extention. He was injured last year, but didn’t play very well before he got hurt. Some photos came out of camp in May that showed his waistline bulging beneath his uniform – he was very clearly out of shape.

    I think his conditioning was/is suspect, especially after the layoff due to the injury, and the team didn’t like his progress in dealing with it. Plus, they may also like what they see from Kris Durham, who projects into the same kind of big #2, possesion-type receiver.

  4. It wasn’t just the injury that killed his season, it was Tarvaris Jackson. Throughout the season I saw Williams waving his arms waiting for a pass and then throwing his arms up after the play as if to say “what the hell, man” when it never came.

    Jackson lacks confidence and has trouble pulling the trigger with everyone; especially Williams. Even if Williams was somewhat covered he’ll catch a ball if you know how to throw it to him. A better QB could really utilize his potential, but I suppose the addition of Kellen Winslow reduces the need for another big wideout.

  5. It was Jackson, Mike Williams stopped catching, stopped winning contested balls, and stopped trying. QB rating on passes targeted for Williams was 58.7.

    He sucked it up last year, got an injury, and used it as an excuse to let himself go.

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