Los Angeles Chargers releases veteran wide receiver

Mike Williams is released by the Chargers after seven seasons.

In a statement, the Los Angeles Chargers confirmed that veteran wide receiver Mike Williams will be released when the new league season gets underway on Wednesday.

Williams, a 2017 first-round draft selection by the Chargers, played seven seasons in Los Angeles. Twice in that time, he had receiving yards of more over 1,000, and at the end of his Chargers career, he had 4,806 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns.

Chargers Release Mike Williams After Seven Seasons

Before the 2022 NFL season, Williams signed a $60 million, three-year contract extension with Los Angeles. Although Williams will still count $12 million in dead money against the cap next year, Los Angeles will save $20 million by dismissing him, according to SI’s Albert Breer. Due to cap concerns going into the offseason, the Chargers will still be able to avoid paying the cap in the upcoming campaign thanks to this move.

During his time with the Chargers, Williams suffered numerous ailments and is currently recovering from an ACL tear he sustained in Week 3 of the previous campaign. Williams emerges as one of the stronger wide receiver options this offseason in free agency.

In the 2017 NFL Draft, Williams was originally chosen as the seventh overall pick. Williams got a three-year, $60 million contract extension in 2021 following a stellar year that included 1,146 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, tying him for the fourth-highest salary in the league at the time.

According to Over the Cap, the Chargers are now cap compliant ahead of the new league year, which starts on Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT. The decision to dismiss Williams also saved them $20 million in cap space.

Williams’ sole NFL team, the Chargers, will nevertheless benefit much from his enduring legacy. His superhuman toughness won him respect from the ownership all the way down to the locker room. His injuries included back, knee, ankle, and heel. Perhaps the biggest example of it came in the 2021 season finale against the Las Vegas Raiders, when a limping Williams managed to catch seven receptions for 111 yards in overtime and the fourth quarter, leading the Chargers to a thrilling victory.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *