In a move that already is not proving to be a popular one among the fanbase, the Arizona Cardinals released former second round pick Ryan Williams today. This move, along with other announced roster cuts, is expected to free up approximately $1 million in salary cap room.
Williams’ once promising career in Arizona has been hampered by injuries that have kept him from playing his intended role as featured back. Under Bruce Arians, Williams was left on the inactive list throughout the season, leading many to believe he had found his way into Arians’ dog house early in the season.
The announcement of Williams’ release today came as a huge disappointment to many, but as a surprise to few. Many of us, myself included, were looking forward to a healthy Ryan Williams teamed with Andre Ellington, who last season showed flashes of being an elite running back in the NFL.
My take on this is that while it’s disappointing that we did not get to see if Williams could have lived up to his potential, this was probably the right move for the Arizona Cardinals and for Ryan Williams. The Cardinals are gearing up for a possible postseason run and it appears as though the organization felt as though they could no longer rely on him. Williams in turn does deserve the opportunity to show what he can do at this level and he is certain to get that on another team given the potential he has shown.
This roster move shows why in today’s NFL you do not use early round draft picks on the running back position.
It was time for the Arizona Cardinals to move forward. We all wish Ryan Williams the best as he moves on to his next opportunity.
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