Eagles release CB Cary Williams

AP

The Eagles have said goodbye to one of their defensive starters, announcing the release of cornerback Cary Williams on Tuesday.

Williams started all 16 games for Philadelphia in the each of the last two years, recording 126 tackles, defending 21 passes and picking off five passes. He played over 1,100 snaps in both seasons, per Pro Football Focus data.

However, while dependable on the field from an availability standpoint, the 30-year-old Williams was set to make $6.5 million in 2015, according to NFLPA salary records. He was also involved in a number of controversies in his two seasons in Philadelphia, such as when he criticized the team’s practice regimen early in 2014 campaign.

The departure of Williams means the Eagles will have at least one new secondary starter in 2015. Moreover, cornerback Bradley Fletcher and safety Nate Allen are also set to test free agency. In all, it’s quite possible the Eagles will remake their defensive backfield in the offseason, with safety Malcolm Jenkins the lone holdover from 2014.

Williams, for his part, figures to draw some interest in free agency, given his production and experience. Clubs in need of cornerback depth include the Ravens, with whom Williams was a two-season starter (2011, 2012) before joining Philadelphia.

81 responses to “Eagles release CB Cary Williams

  1. As an Eagles fan this is great news!!! He is honestly one of the worst NFL players I can think of in recent memory. Just not good in any phase of the game. Period

  2. Who needs a defense when you score every time you have the ball? Insert the usual bragging points here.

  3. Worst Corners in the league Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Single handily ruined this teams playoff hopes. Oh yeah Cowboys Suck.

  4. Making that extra cap space for Maxwell, Revis AND McCourty. Soon to be the best secondary in the NFC East, maybe the entire NFL.

  5. he was decent with the ravens. Eagles were a bad defense as a whole. Corners get exposed even worse when there is no pass rush and poor safety help. Seems like he could help a good D as a nickel/dime back.

  6. he was good in Bmore. We’d welcome him back. Just not at top dollar like he wanted after the Super Bowl.

  7. a CB should NOT have that many tackles. Means the other team is calling you out game after game…and they are completing passes.
    Shoot those are LB numbers
    No thanks

  8. Williams gonna be the Fourth CB in Baltimore this year. Not bad for depth. He’s durable for sure and much better than the likes of Gorrier, Jackson, Pointer, Brown…..

  9. Thought this was interesting: Per Pro Football Focus, Williams was the only CB to play more than 1,100 regular-season snaps in each of the last two seasons. — MW

  10. As an Eagles fan, this is bittersweet – on one hand, I’m happy to see him go as he could have been a better fit for the team. On the other hand, this means our search for a solid secondary, which started two years ago when CK arrived, is back at square one.

  11. QUOTE :
    Big Blue On You says:
    Mar 3, 2015 12:19 PM
    Making that extra cap space for Maxwell, Revis AND McCourty. Soon to be the best secondary in the NFC East, maybe the entire NFL.
    ————————————————-
    i like how that sounds

  12. Give Cary Williams a D-Line that puts ANY pressure on a QB and he will look 100 times better. So would two boxes of Girl Scout cookies for that matter. No consistent pressure from the Eagles.

  13. dycenyne says:
    Mar 3, 2015 12:18 PM
    Worst Corners in the league Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Single handily ruined this teams playoff hopes. Oh yeah Cowboys Suck.

    NFC EAST CHAMPIONS BABY
    Not our fault your Eagles and the greatest coaching staff on earth choked!

  14. I think it’s becoming more and more obvious Mariota will play both offense and defense for Chip. I hope he’s in good enough shape to be playing corner for the defense in addition to QB.

  15. He would have probably been fine as a #2 for us but he just isn’t a #1 CB. Will always remember him for the boneheaded penalties ie: the horsecollar tackle on Sproles in the ’13 Wild Card game that put the Saints at midfield on the last drive.

    Lots of holes to fill in this secondary!

  16. One thing this guy is not cut out for is a career as a Walmart greeter.

    The guy is angry 24/7, and probably even hated Santa Claus for not getting all the toys he wanted.

  17. Good riddance. Below average cover skills, even worse tackler, and a big mouth. Should have been gone before last season. This move shows that Chip Kelly is going to make some moves in free agency that possibly Howie Roseman would not have. Nate Allen will not be back either, and possibly not Bradley Fletcher. My guess is Chip plans an all-out attack on free agency and to go all in on Mariota in the draft.

  18. chrisk61 says:
    Mar 3, 2015 12:54 PM
    interesting they cut williams before fletcher. or over fletcher in event fletcher stays.

    ———

    Fletcher is a free agent. His contract is up. No need to cut him.

  19. Another player that made crazy bank due to the Raven’s system.

    His best fit is likely back with the Ravens, on a team that consistently applies defensive line pressure.

    He’ll probably end up back in B’More. And he’ll probably be earning what he should have made 2 years ago…MUCH less than $6.5M

  20. “such as when he criticized the team’s practice regimen early in 2014 campaign.”

    Anyone who questions King Chip is gone.

  21. I could put up with his mouth if he was better on the field.

    He wasn’t horrible in coverage, but he seemed to save his totally preventable, boneheaded penalties for third and longs that would put the other team in scoring position.

    Good riddance, Cary.

  22. Many of us in Baltimore were happy to see him go.

    He did play hard and was a willing tackler, but gave was never an elite athlete and thus has to stay off his man.

  23. Looking at three new starters in the secondary. Chip has to be licking his chops at the idea of getting to play recruiter all over again…with the level of talent available this free agency, it will be interesting to say the least to see how things shake out.

  24. nvl004 says:
    Mar 3, 2015 12:27 PM
    Eagles were a bad defense as a whole. Corners get exposed even worse when there is no pass rush and poor safety help.
    —————————————-

    Eagles were tied for 2nd in sacks this past season. The pass rush was great and the front seven played really well. The back end however was uglier then a modern art masterpiece and yes we havn’t had a safety worth a damn since Brian Dawkins

  25. nvl004 says: Mar 3, 2015 12:27 PM

    ” Eagles were a bad defense as a whole. Corners get exposed even worse when there is no pass rush and poor safety help.”
    ================================
    The Eagles defense were second in the NFL with 49 sacks.They were fourth in rushing defense, allowing only 3.7 yards per carry.
    The defense wasn’t bad as a whole, they just had a bad secondary.

  26. Maybe the Eagles will go out and make another “dream team” lmao, Philly and the Eagles deserve each other. Just constant clown shoes walking around up there

  27. OK, not “the worst cornerback ever.” Not even the Eagles worst cornerback, but not worth his contract. I’m sure he saw this coming. He’ll be picked up somewhere, at a significant lower salary.

  28. he was a 7th round pick out of a Div II school, worked his way up from the practice squad…so congrats to him on that…

    but whoever thought he was worth #1 CB money is nuts…like somebody else said: being an over-paid mediocre talent + jerk/locker-room cancer = very bad combo…

    Funny how both he and Pollard (former Ravens who got sweet deals after the Super Bowl win) wore out their welcome with their new teams within a day of each other…

  29. Time for people to do their research before posting. The eagles pressure has been really good the last two seasons, Williams is just awful.

  30. Making that extra cap space for Maxwell, Revis AND McCourty. Soon to be the best secondary in the NFC East, maybe the entire NFL.

    ===================================

    You mean like when the Eagles signed Nnamdi and traded for DRC?

  31. nvl004 says:
    Mar 3, 2015 12:27 PM
    he was decent with the ravens. Eagles were a bad defense as a whole. Corners get exposed even worse when there is no pass rush and poor safety help. Seems like he could help a good D as a nickel/dime back.

    bobleblah says:
    Mar 3, 2015 12:42 PM
    Give Cary Williams a D-Line that puts ANY pressure on a QB and he will look 100 times better. So would two boxes of Girl Scout cookies for that matter. No consistent pressure from the Eagles

    ——————————————————————

    Umm yeah the Eagles were top 5 in pass rush the last two seasons …. as of right now they probably have a top 5 front 7, even with players leaving.

    C. Williams and Fletchers issue had zero to do with pass rush. Fletcher could not stop a toddler on a jump ball and everyone knew it and Williams is so slow at this point that he got burnt by go routes so much he would have to play 13 yards off the WR and teams killed the Eagles with hitch routes.

    Williams could be a decent number 2 in the right defense. But he can not cover the Dez bryants of the world. He just can’t.

  32. Can we PLEASE get some good corners and a safety? I like Malcolm Jenkins, so ok, Corners? every since Dream Team with Nnamdi and DRC, we have been a joke in the secondary. So much talent on the offense, but the defense couldn’t stop anything over the top.. Maybe we can talk eric allen out of retirement..

  33. 34 people liked the post about this being “bittersweet”???? I assume they are all cowboys (or other NFC East team) fans…?

    Aging guy who was slowing down, way overpaid and had a horrendous “all about me” attitude and this is bittersweet….??

    This guy is a cancer…complains about other teams, his own team/coaches, etc….nothing to be “bitter” about

    And these people who say it’s because he complained about chip are clueless. Saves the team about $8M in cap space and gets rid of a guys who’s play was almost as bad as his attitude.

  34. Cutting Webb will only save you $2mil before June 1. You’re capped out and can’t make any moves.

  35. The amount of ignorance here is still astounding…

    The Eagles were second in the NFL in sacks and third in QB hurries and hits. Second in the NFL in batted passes. They were also top 3 in run D. Obviously the problem wasnt the front 7.

    How that equates to the CBs not being at fault is moronic.

    Granted, having Nate Allen “giving safety help” is a scary proposition to a CB. But if we can draft two secondary players, and sign one to two average secondary players in FA, it is an automatic upgrade.

    If the Eagles sign Maxwell or Chris Culliver, its an instantly better team.

  36. When I read Cary Williams quote I used to do it in this tough voice. Then I heard him talk

  37. while i agree the eagles had a lot of sacks, they came in fits and starts. against green bay frisco and seattle and dallas second time they didnt get effective pressure.

    and given billy davis’s failure to adjust his scheme to his talent any time the offense got a favorable matchup they went for it knowing no safety on the eagles would be there.

  38. “FLETCHER AND NATE ALLEN HOPEFULLY NEXT ON CHOPPING BLOCK!”

    They don’t need to be chopped….they’re gone already. Both are free agents. All the Eagles have to do is to NOT resign them.

  39. And the Patriots’ year keeps getting better and better. First D’Qwell Jackson is arrested. Then loudmouth Richard Sherman is silenced. Then Brian Williams (who broke the news of deflategate like it was Watergate) — well we all know what happened to him. And now bigmouth Cary Williams. This is too good. Oh oh. Jism.

  40. All the Free Agents should come to the Ravens for a bargain.

    They play one year, look great, win the Super Bowl then go elsewhere for a pay day.

    It is great to see the Ravens doing it the right way, versus cheating the NFL Rules.

  41. Never saw a QB so afraid of contact. I swear there were 3 or 4 games where I think he forgot two hand touch doesn’t count.

    Good riddance.

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