During the offseason, Williams had signed an $18 million three-year deal with a guarantee of $7 million. He had been slated to take the place of Byron Maxwell who left Seattle as a free agent.
Pete Carroll the head coach for Seattle was asked the reasons that Williams did not work out for the team.
Carroll responded by saying that it was a short period to try to catch up with the real specifics of the techniques we have on the defense. However, he did a good job, he progressed, but the team felt more comfortable with other guys that have more time with the team and therefore the move was made.
Carroll stressed that Williams was a pro, he worked in practice very hard and always had an excellent attitude.
Carroll added that Jeremy Lane another Seahawks cornerback was now healthy again and that factored into the decision made by the team of releasing Williams.
Williams, who is 30, was inconsistent for much of the first 10 games this season. He was benched by Carroll during the team’s Week 11 game against San Francisco and replaced by DeShawn Shead.
The following two weeks he was inactive.
In his career of eight years, Williams has started 75 games. After starting his pro career with Tennessee and Baltimore during his rookie season, Williams played three years more with the Ravens, prior to signing a free agent deal with Philadelphia.
He was released by the Eagles prior to his contract being up during last offseason.
Seattle as a team will get no financial relief since the 2015 salary for Williams was guaranteed. Coach Carroll was asked why Seattle did not just keep Williams through the end of this season to add depth in case of injury. He only would say that the roster spot Williams represented was needed for another player.
The Seahawks did not announce any immediate corresponding move to the release of Williams.
It is likely that Williams will be picked up by some team who is need of experience and depth in the secondary.