Williams made a quick impact during Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers, notching a tackle and an interception for a touchdown. Williams made a big play early in Thursday's contest, picking off Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph on his first pass of the game and taking it to the house. The veteran cornerback graded out well in coverage last season and returns to Green Bay as a projected 2018 starter, though it remains to be seen who'll line up opposite him come Week 1.
Williams had two tackles (one solo) and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins. Williams had a standout performance in his first start with the Cardinals in Week 7, but he's had a relatively quiet season otherwise. The 34-year-old added another pass breakup Sunday, bringing his season total to 10 in 11 games.
The Cardinals signed Williams on Sunday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. During the first week of training camp, the Cardinals worked out a few veteran cornerbacks, likely to gauge each one's health, but injuries to Justin Bethel (knee) and Ronald Zamort (torn ACL) seemingly forced their hand earlier than expected. With the addition of Williams, the organization upheld its standard of plugging and playing a vet corner opposite All-Pro Patrick Peterson. However, that veteran will likely be Bethel, if he recovers from a hyperextended left knee. If Williams is able to obtain a large role, though, he's coming off two seasons with the Browns in which he notched 105 tackles (83 solo), 15 passes defended and two interceptions in 27 games, 22 of them starts.
Williams was released by the Browns on Tuesday. The Browns have decided to cut ties with the 33-year-old cornerback just two seasons after inking him to a three-year, $21 million contract. Williams struggled with knee and shoulder aliments throughout the 2016 season, forcing him to miss five contests. He recorded 36 tackles, five pass deflections, and one interception in 12 games. He'll now look to find his way onto a roster in need of some secondary depth, as the veteran will bring plenty of experience wherever he winds up.
Williams (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. Williams has missed two consecutive games due to the knee issue, but he appears in line to return for Week 14's matchup against the Bengals.
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