NFL Rumors: Denver Broncos Could Cut D.J. Williams

By Jeff Shull

Due to a number of mistakes over the past couple of months, the Denver Broncos have considered cutting their starting middle linebacker D.J. Williams, and could still do so before the season starts. Williams violated the league’s substance abuse policy and must serve a six-game suspension to start the 2012 NFL season.

He made headlines by suing the NFL, claiming they tampered with the collection of his urine sample. This was the Ryan Braun route that got him cleared of his suspension, but a judge threw out Williams’ case last Thursday.

Williams also caused some heads to be scratched when he tweeted a picture of the Broncos’ defensive playbook. Needless to say, the Broncos have multiple reasons to let this guy go. Not the least of which is having a young, up and coming player like Wesley Woodyard who can take Williams’ place. Woodyard started six games in 2011 and looked good while doing so. If he continues to improve he could take Williams’ spot anyways.

Though Williams has led the Broncos in five of the last eight seasons in tackles, it looked like he took a step back in 2011. Williams is also still dealing with a drunk driving charge from an arrest last August. Williams does have talent, and the thing that could be saving his job is the Broncos do not have a lot of depth at linebacker. If they start to feel comfortable with their younger players, Williams could be shown the door.


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