(2016 Cap hit = $6,166,666 in the 2
of a 3-year deal)
Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Cary Williams (26) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
I am a huge fan of GM John Schneider. Sometimes I even pretend he’s my dad when I’m driving to work and alone with my thoughts. He is one of the best GM’s in the NFL and I’ll be eternally grateful for the beautiful roster architecture he has layed out for Seahawks fans that eventually brought the city its first Lombardi trophy. I much prefer his and Coach Carroll’s physical, fast and tough team silhouette to the soft constructs of the Holmgren era. Both enjoyed success, but give me a team that mauls people, because it travels better.
Having said all this, I don’t think Schneids had a good offseason in 2015. I thought he overreacted to the Super Bowl ending by overpaying for Graham and bringing him into a locker room full of dudes that didn’t like him because he’s soft. Then he compounded the problem by throwing too much money at a long-armed cornerback meant to soften the loss of Byron Maxwell. Enter Cary Williams.
Williams was cut by Philadelphia this offseason after being one half of a cornerback tandem with Bradley Fletcher that, to put it kindly, performed poorly in the Eagles man-to-man based pass defense. Schneider, hoping a change of scenery and culture would be a magic elixir that would rejuvenate Williams, wasted no time signing him to a 3-year, $18M contract just a few days later and from that moment, Seahawk fans everywhere held their collective breath and hoped Williams could just be a league-average cornerback that wouldn’t lose games by himself.
On 10/22/15, Evan Silva of rotoworld.com sent out a tweet that unfortunately confirmed every fear fans had about (S)Cary Williams. Let it sink in. Of 100 cornerbacks rated in pass coverage by profootballfocus.com, Williams ranks #100. I never, ever thought I’d say the following words as long as I lived: Tharold Simon, please come back from your annual injuries and save the day!
The famed Seahawk Step-kick style of press man coverage is not adequately being learned and applied by Williams, and he is without question the weakest link of an otherwise strong defense. I do not foresee a scenario where Cary Williams sees a dime of his 2016 contract money.
Cutting Williams next year will cost $2.33M in dead cap space and it will be money well spent. The $3.8M+ in net cap savings is too much to pass up. Until it happens, though, Cary Williams’ contract leads the pack in the dubious race for worst contract on the team.
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