Damien Williams opts out for 2020

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The player who scored the final two touchdowns of the 2019 NFL season will not play at all in 2020.

The Chiefs announced on Wednesday that running back Damien Williams has decided to opt out of playing this year. He joins guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as Chiefs players who have opted out this season.

“As an organization, we certainly understand and respect Damien’s choice, knowing it was made in the best interest of his family,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said in a statement. “He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person, and we’re going to miss having him around this season.”

Williams put the Chiefs ahead in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl with a five-yard touchdown catch and then extended their lead with a 38-yard scamper into the end zone. He had 711 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in the regular season last year.

Williams was headed into the final year of his contract and was set to make $1.85 million. His contract will toll to the 2021 season and he’ll receive an $150,000 advance on his salary.

With Williams stepping away, the Chiefs have first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darwin Thompson and Darrell Williams at running back this year.

38 responses to “Damien Williams opts out for 2020

  1. Didn’t see that one coming…makes a muddy backfield order a little clearer…hope CEH has had his nose in the playbook

  2. Chalk this up to much ado about nothing, lets face it Teams are so petrified of Mahomes Arm that the secondary is litter with so many defenders that it looks at times like a Baseball game. So you can place you and & I next to Mahomes and we will EAT, There is a reason why out of the 117 points Mahomes put up in the 3 playoff games that he was the leading rusher in 2 of them hobbled on one leg.

  3. Not like I believe we’ll see the NFL season finish, and Im totally okay with any player making their own choice..

    ..but just thinking long term, being a “fringe” rb (or any postion) and taking a season off? I mean, that could be the end of your career, or at minimum your starting playing time.

  4. “..but just thinking long term, being a “fringe” rb (or any postion) and taking a season off? I mean, that could be the end of your career, or at minimum your starting playing time.”
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    Just like all the other “voluntary” stuff that is essentially mandatory unless you’re an established star or at the very least locked into a starting position.

  5. 1.85 million at this point in his life and career and likely to spend most of it on the bench not getting beat up. I think I would make a plan with my family that I was going to be in complete isolation from them throughout the season (about the length of a military deployment) and come home with enough cash for the typical person to live comfortably for 15 years.

    CEH just got a massive opportunity, I hope he capitalizes on it.

  6. The mortality rate for young, professional athletes who contract COVID-19 is 0.0%. Every one who has contracted it has recovered, and many of them had mild or no symptoms. You would think someone would take the time to learn the mortality rates for different demographic groups before throwing away millions of dollars, but I guess not.

  7. Heath above money = S M A R T. Live to play another day. Short time sacrifice for long term returns. {it’s the new way to go…. let the rest of the NFL be test animals. This is the smart move. The players are not losing money…. they have contracts that WILL GET THEM THEIRS NEXT YEAR…. once this hopefully goes away. Smart.

  8. One, I was wrong on 10 or less total opt outs. We should all support their choices.
    Two, paging Devonta Freeman…please hold!

  9. The Chiefs with Mahomes pretty much face nothing but LIGHT BOXES, when Kareem hunt got release his replacements that fill in average the same amount of yards per carry. KC is the only team because of Mahomes who could literally play the game without the service of a Running back. * but I digress*.

  10. Damien essentially just lost his job in KC for good. CEH was going to take over at some point, but now he can ball out from the start.

  11. If only the police officers all the NFL/NBA players hate so much had this choice.

  12. Maybe it’s better to opt out coming off a 740 yard season, and hope to get a new contract than to get beat out by the 1st round rookie RB…

  13. I respect his decision, but that’s a bold career move with CEH waiting in the wings

  14. He has made the decision based on what is best for him. He should not be surprised though if he is not with KC next year. The best ability that any player has for his team is “availability”!
    AND please no comments from players and coaches about it being a war on the field. In war you don’t opt out! Ask a combat vet!

  15. rodgerstonelson says:
    July 29, 2020 at 8:22 pm
    Devonte Freeman on line 1

    0 2 Rate This

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    Cap Hell and no rookies signed, with cuts coming, on line 2.

  16. Yes, the mortality rate for world class professional althletes with access to the very best medical care in the world 0.0% But maybe, just maybe some of these guys are opting out of the season because they are aware of the fact that they can easily spread the virus to others who ARENT pro athletes within their family and friends. It’s being considerate to others, we should all try it some time.

  17. Everyone is talking like they know what’s best for this kid. He balled out in the playoffs and should have been Super Bowl MVP. If he doesn’t have a spot with KC next year, he’ll find a new home.

  18. Chiefs have historically patched up their RB core pretty effectively. Hopefully we’ll see D. Williams again, though.

  19. spacedive1 says:
    July 29, 2020 at 11:01 pm
    Chiefs have historically patched up their RB core pretty effectively. Hopefully we’ll see D. Williams again, though.
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    If by historically you mean the last two years than yes….THAT history. But between Okoye, L Johnson, Holmes and Charles they basically had 4 RBs span 20+ years….that’s the complete opposite of ‘patched up RB core.”

  20. gedog63 says:
    July 29, 2020 at 6:19 pm
    The mortality rate for young, professional athletes who contract COVID-19 is 0.0%. Every one who has contracted it has recovered, and many of them had mild or no symptoms. You would think someone would take the time to learn the mortality rates for different demographic groups before throwing away millions of dollars, but I guess not.
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    Eduardo Rodriguez a pitcher for the Red Sox has been diagnosed with an enlarged heart after recovering from COVID . At this point nobody knows what the health implications are going to be after recovering from COVID not even you .

  21. Terrible decision. RBs need to focus on hitting free agency as soon as they can. There is no additional risk for these players related to COVID.

  22. Bet he wouldn’t have opted out if he’d won Snoopy Bowl MVP. I had more respect than this for him. Now he’s just another cupcake that needs to be offloaded for 2021. If he thinks he has a job to come back to, he’s very mistaken.

  23. xxsweepthelegxx says: ..But between Okoye, L Johnson, Holmes and Charles they basically had 4 RBs span 20+ years…..that’s the complete opposite of ‘patched up RB core.”
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    Johnson, Holmes, Charles, Word, Bennett, Anders, Hunt, etc. all started as patch players.

  24. @gedog63 says:
    July 29, 2020 at 6:19 pm
    The mortality rate for young, professional athletes who contract COVID-19 is 0.0%. Every one who has contracted it has recovered, and many of them had mild or no symptoms. You would think someone would take the time to learn the mortality rates for different demographic groups before throwing away millions of dollars, but I guess not.
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    It’s not just about mortality. It’s about the potential lingering effects and the increased possibility of spreading to family members. You would think that some people might consider more than just themselves and money, but I guess not.

  25. Many RBs are expendable in today’s game, especially when you have an expiring contract and the team selected a RB in round 1. The opt out does give players a chance to perhaps hit the market the next season.

  26. I would say most people posting here have no clue why Damian opted out. Could be many justifiable reasons yet many here need to express how disappointed they are at him. His contract tolls for next year at 1.7 million with a 400K per game bonus as well as a 50K workout bonus for a Max 2.150 million.

    As for mortality rates tell that to Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox who is suffering from heart issues due to Covid-19. We are learning more and more about this disease so maybe some should keep their powder dry before shouting their ignorance from the rooftops.

  27. spacedive1 says:
    July 30, 2020 at 10:33 am
    xxsweepthelegxx says: ..But between Okoye, L Johnson, Holmes and Charles they basically had 4 RBs span 20+ years…..that’s the complete opposite of ‘patched up RB core.”
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    Johnson, Holmes, Charles, Word, Bennett, Anders, Hunt, etc. all started as patch players.
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    I’d say better than patch players considering the Chiefs drafted them in rounds 1,2 and 3. Holmes is the exception
    Okoye-2nd rd
    L. Johnson – 1st rd
    Holmes – undrafted by Ravens for 4 years then 7 years with Chiefs. Risk reward for sure
    Charles – 3rd rd
    Credit to the Chiefs, it shows great talent acquisition. Perhaps we’re arguing semantics here but they’ve hardy patched the RB position together over a 20 year span. They’ve done very well

  28. Honestly, with his grand finale at the Super Bowl, and CEH drafted, he may have done himself a huge favor taking a year off from all the hits, and his most recent bit of tape sealing the Super Bowl, that last quarter of football is literally all some GM will care about before overpaying him.

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