Jamaal Williams heading to Lions on two-year deal

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Running back Jamaal Williams is leaving the Green Bay Packers but staying in the NFC North.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Williams is set to sign a two-year deal worth up to $7.5 million with the Detroit Lions.

With Aaron Jones signing an extension with the Packers, Williams is heading out to get a chance at a greater role in Detroit. Williams has rushed for between 460-556 yards in each of his four seasons with Green Bay, including 10 total rushing touchdowns over that span. He’s also been productive as a receiver, catching 122 passes for 961 yards and eight touchdowns.

Williams joins D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson as running backs under contract for 2021 with the Lions.

15 responses to “Jamaal Williams heading to Lions on two-year deal

  1. I like this pick up. Not a packers fan (obviously) but everytime I watch them, he balls out.

  2. Solid move.

    Someone to keep the chains moving when Johnson and or Swift get injured for the obligatory 4-5 games.

    Lions doing work.

  3. The Lions are getting a quality player and a good guy. They’ll still occupy the basement of the NFCN, but they seem to be improving by degree.

  4. Wishing Jamaal great success in Detroit, a great city that deserves a great football team …. except for two days a year when the Lions play the Packers.


  5. Well, it appears that Jamaal will be dancing his way into Detroit, good for him.
    I wish him well.
    I was sorry to see him leave Green Bay, but such is life in the NFL.
    The Lions are getting a hard working, classy player with an infectious enthusiasm for the game.
    Not a difference maker by any means, but he’ll get you those tough yards and I believe he’ll fit in quite nicely with Swift and Johnson.

  6. This will backfire on Packers. Selfish Aaron Jones and Aaron Rodgers bite themselves in the but by deals that leave nothing for Williams. 4.0 yards per carry. Never lost a fumble. Better pass protector than Jones or Dillan. Very good reciever; caught almost as many balls as Lazard and Valdes Scantling 31. AND you let best Center in the league get away. Stupid.

  7. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. He’s the one player I was certain enjoyed playing for the packers just for the privilege.

  8. Very curious for him (other than the money).
    The Lions already have 2 high draft choice RBs. If he doesn’t play much he could end up being one of those backs who just gets kicked around from team to team.
    Hate to see that happen – he’s a quality guy who’s really improved his skills since his rookie year.

  9. Decent pass catching back, but can’t even crack 4yd/carry for his career. I would probably rather continue to look in the draft for backs, rather than pay a career backup 3.5 million/year. If they really value pass catching skills, James White would’ve been the pickup to make.

  10. Quality player, excellent teammate. Solid if not spectacular runner, excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield, very good in pass blocking, and has had exactly zero fumbles in his career. Definitely worth 3.5M/yr. Lions made a smart move picking up Jamaal. Sadly, he had to go from a perennial contender to the Lions who contend maybe once a decade.

    Let’s see if he can dance to the Motown classics!

  11. The Lions O-line is improving, not nearly as good as the Pack’s O-line, but he should have some room to run. I’m surprised he signed so quick — must be a money thing.

  12. As a Packer fan I can honestly say, the Lions got a good one. Williams was loved by teammates, is a great pass blocker, and runs very hard. He’s never someone who’s going to light up the stat sheet, but he’s plenty capable of going for 100 yard game here or there when called upon. He will be missed in Green Bay

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