Mike Mayock is making a splash as a first-time GM, agreeing to terms of a trade for Antonio Brown this past weekend and inking Williams to four-year contract Wednesday. With Brown and Williams in the fold, the Raiders opted to cut ties with Nelson after just one season. Williams has experience complementing a top-tier wide receiver, averaging 42 catches (on 67 targets) for 690.5 yards and 4.5 touchdowns the past two campaigns behind the Chargers' Keenan Allen.
Williams agreed to a contract with the Raiders on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Williams, who caught 41 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns with the Chargers last season, joins a revamped Raiders receiving corps that will be led by the recently acquired Antonio Brown. The fantasy prospects of quarterback Derek Carr are starting to look up thanks to the team's notable offseason upgrades.
Williams flashed No. 1 ability in his second pro season, catching 69 of 120 targets for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns for the injury-depleted 2016 Chargers. He then improved his efficiency in a lower-usage role for healthier teams the past two years, averaging 42 catches for 690.5 yards and 4.5 touchdowns on 67 targets. Boasting the physical specs of a No. 1 receiver along with a career mark of 9.7 yards per target, Williams makes for an interesting case in free agency and probably won't stay in Los Angeles unless he's willing to accept a hometown discount. With limited cap room and both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams under contract, the Chargers are unlikely to break the bank on a player they've only utilized to the tune of about four targets per game. The opportunity should be better elsewhere, both in terms of money and target volume.
Williams caught five of seven targets for 94 yards in Sunday's 41-28 Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.
Williams led the Chargers in receiving yards while tying Antonio Gates and Mike Williams for the team lead in catches, but that fact is little consolation given that his team's Super Bowl hopes were unceremoniously dashed in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates -- New England led 35-7 at halftime. The 26-year-old wide receiver will try to use this productive outing to gain a bigger contract as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Williams finished the season with 41 receptions for 653 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 65 targets.
That doesn't include whatever production he puts together during the postseason, but regardless it's fair to suggest Williams' 2018 numbers were more than disappointing given he played a full 16-game season. Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams accounted for the vast majority of the team's target share, relegating Tyrell Williams to no better than fifth in terms of the receiving pecking order. It would probably be a worse statistical season for Williams if not for a two-week stretch earlier in the year in which he recorded seven receptions for 236 receiving yards and three touchdowns, capitalizing on porous man coverage to record multiple 40-yard catches. Therein lies the value of Williams, as the fourth-year player has displayed tremendous speed for his size, and could very well act as a No. 1 receiver if given the opportunity. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, it would be a surprise if Williams returned to the Chargers given the emergence of Mike Williams and the expected price tag the former Williams is expected to command on the open market.
|2015||San Diego Chargers||7||0||2||90||45.0||80||1||1||1||1|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||16||12||69||1059||15.3||51||7||19||6||48|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||15||43||728||16.9||75||4||12||3||29|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||16||10||41||653||15.9||75||5||11||4||30|
|2015||San Diego Chargers||7||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||16||12||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||15||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||16||10||2||15||7.5||14||0||0||1|
|2015||San Diego Chargers||7||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||16||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||San Diego Chargers||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||16||2||0||0||2||0||0||2||0|