Karlos Williams, the second-year running back, became a free agent on Saturday after the Buffalo Bills released him. The Jacksonville Jaguars, per reports, are interested in signing the sophomore.
Last month, Williams was slapped with a four-game suspension for violating NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Therefore, the team which signs Williams won’t avail of his services for the start of the new season.
While several reports hinted that the Bills released Williams due his failed drug test, general manager Doug Whaley has maintained that the decision was performance-related.
Karlos Williams cut by the Bills
“I’ve always said this is a performance-based business. The release of Karlos Williams was strictly performance-based. He came in behind the eight ball and never caught up. And there was other guys on the roster that moved ahead of him,” Whaley said on Saturday.
“In light of that, we thought, ‘Why hold on to him?’ Why don’t we give him a chance to maybe find another job out there in the league?’ We weren’t going to hold on to him to the end, knowing he wasn’t going to make the team,” added the Bills executive.
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Several analysts have also indicated that the Bills were unhappy with Williams’ offseason weight gain, which could potentially keep other teams away from investing in him.
According to NFL.com, Williams “admitted in June that he tacked on the extra heft while tending to – and eating with – his wife during her pregnancy” after showing up to Buffalo’s camp 20 pounds overweight.
During his rookie season, Williams scored seven touchdowns while rushing for 517 yards on 93 carries. He also registered two receiving touchdowns.
A project coming out of Florida State, Karlos Williams was a fifth-round draft pick selected by the Buffalo Bills.