Williams agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year contract with the Bears, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Williams flourished in an offensive system that Bears head coach Matt Nagy helped to define back during his time as coordinator for the Chiefs, and he worked with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor back in Miami. As a result, Williams should be an ideal fit in Chicago's scheme. It's worth noting, however, that neither Williams nor Nagy actually held tenure in Kansas City simultaneously. After the Super Bowl LIV star opted out of the 2020 campaign due to concerns relating to COVID-19 before being released earlier this month, he'll now move on to the third stop of his NFL career. Williams will likely mix in as a change-of-pace or backup option along with Tarik Cohen (knee), who's returning from a torn ACL. The presence of two backups skilled enough to warrant their own consistent touches could result in a decline in lead option David Montgomery's workload in 2021.
Williams will be released by Kansas City, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star, Williams' release will save the Chiefs $2.175 million against their salary cap. The running back opted out of the 2020 season, but plans to resume playing in 2021.The 28-year-old, who logged 111 carries for 498 yards and five TDs in 11 games during the 2019 campaign, should catch on elsewhere as a depth back, but he has the ability to carve out a larger role down the road in the right team context.
Williams, who opted out of the 2020 campaign, is expected to return for the Chiefs and play next season, Charles Goldman of USA Today reports. Williams and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif are both expected to return for Kansas City in 2021 after both opted out of the team's 2020 campaign. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire coming off a solid rookie season, in which he managed 1,100 yards from scrimmage in 13 games, Williams looks likely to be No. 2 on the depth chart in his age-29 campaign, but he certainly boasts the skill set to succeed in a change-of-pace role. With Le'Veon Bell set to hit free agency, Williams' strongest offseason competition likely will come from Darrel Williams, who saw a season-high seven targets in Super Bowl LV.
The Chiefs announced Wednesday that Williams will opt out of the 2020 season. Several players have already chosen to opt out of the 2020 season, but no player's decision to date has as significant fantasy implications as Williams'. With Williams slated to be unavailable this season, rookie first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire is now on track to serve as the undisputed top running back in the Chiefs' high-powered offense.
Despite competing with Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the backfield, Williams expects to enjoy a breakout season in 2020, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. Williams is 28 years old and entering the second season of a two-year, $5.1 million extension, while Edwards-Helaire is a 21-year-old first-round pick. The rookie may be the one with the significant investment behind him, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll enter Week 1 in the lead role. An abbreviated offseason program should work in favor of Williams, who already has two seasons of experience in Andy Reid's offense, highlighted by 540 total yards and 10 touchdowns in five playoff appearances. The workload division in KC's backfield figures to be one of the leading fantasy storylines throughout summer and into the fall.
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