Chiefs to release Damien Williams

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Damien Williams was one of the key figures in the Chiefs victory in Super Bowl LIV rushing for 104 yards — including the game-clinching, 38-yard touchdown with just over a minute left in the contest.

But now according to several reports, Williams will be released.

The move will save Kansas City $2.2 million against the cap.

The running back opted out of the 2020 season, but plans to play in 2021, according to his agent Ian Greengross.

Williams, who turns 29 on April 3, entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 2014 and spent his first four seasons with the Dolphins. He signed with Kansas City in 2018, amassing 754 yards and nine rushing touchdowns with the club over two seasons.

In all, Williams has 1,231 yards rushing with 12 TDs, plus 138 receptions for 1,106 yards with 10 receiving scores.

The Chiefs agreed to terms with running back Darrel Williams on a one-year deal earlier on Tuesday.

15 responses to “Chiefs to release Damien Williams

  1. You should do a list of players that opted out and then eventually got cut… seems like it would be over 90% of them

  2. Thank You Damien for helping make every chiefs fans dreams come true.

  3. Andy seems to always get the most out of his running backs even if he doesn’t use them as much as he should. I would like to see him back on a 1 year deal but wish him well regardless. He was huge in the sb and that whole season.

  4. Can’t keep them all, he and Darell are the same IMO and Darrel is cheaper, and showed up…

  5. I could be wrong, but wasn’t the opt out pay only guaranteed if they made the team the next year?

  6. Chiefs fans will never forget the role Damian played in our 2019/20 playoff run and Super Bowl win. The bigger the game, the better he played. Best wishes Damien, your contributions will never be forgotten.

  7. springfield says:
    March 16, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    Can’t keep them all, he and Darell are the same IMO and Darrel is cheaper, and showed up…
    Damien was out in 2020 to take care of his Mom who is battling Stage 4 cancer. To the football end, Damien is clearly better than Darrel. Damien had 84 and 91 yd TD runs in ’19. Darrel lacks that type of burst.

  8. @kevines255 says:
    March 16, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    I could be wrong, but wasn’t the opt out pay only guaranteed if they made the team the next year?

    No,opt-out was guaranteed. It would have been used towards his total contract. He got at least $150K last year (depending on which opt-out status he had). Per Spotrac, in 2021, he will get the signing bonus $533K and the move added $2.5M in cap space. They could bring him back at a reduced price. Probably better than bringing back Lev Bell.

  9. The REAL MVP of Superbowl LIV…

    shihtzumum says:
    March 16, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    I had no idea Damien went hurry up taken every snap in the 4th quarter to bring the team back from a deficit as he made thee CRUCIAL 3rd down THROW to Tyreek Hill, I’m still waiting for when he PASS the ball to HIMSELF to take advantage of the predictable light box you get when you face a Patrick Mahomes.* sigh*

  10. This guy was such a key contributor to that great offense. What a mistake by the Chiefs. I think the Patriots will go for him.

  11. Terrible career decision at the time – albeit understandable – terrible career decision

  12. when you have bell, there is no need for other running backs….
    …says nobody anymore

  13. Literally the only solace I take from the Chiefs losing the SB this year is Leveon Bell not being rewarded a ring for doing nothing for the money.

    Thanks for giving Chiefs Kingdom a HUGE reason to smile with that Lombardi, Damien. Boomer!

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