The Bills cut running back Karlos Williams on Saturday, ending his stay with the team after one season that saw Williams run for 517 yards and score nine touchdowns.
That production would seem to be enough to earn a second season, but Williams didn’t help his cause by earning a four-game suspension to start this year and showing up to spring work overweight. General Manager Doug Whaley called the move “strictly performance based” and that he was “so far out of reach” of his target weight that other backs were zooming past him on the depth chart.
“I think it’s just all on the field,” Whaley said, via the Buffalo News. “I mean, if he’s not out there being able to perform and he can’t perform at the level we expect him to, then that’s on him. So it’s not a question. I always say the information makes the decision and the information was he wasn’t ready to play and guys underneath him surpassed him.”
The suspension and lack of conditioning may keep teams from clamoring to add Williams immediately, but last year’s work should help him when he’s eligible to play and if he can get himself back into football shape.