The Buffalo Bills waived Karlos Williams but the second year running back’s camp is expecting he will rejoin another NFL club soon.
According to Vic Carucci of Buffalo News, Williams will be put on waivers where he is expected to draw interest from some NFL teams.
ESPN confirmed Williams’ release on Saturday quoting Bills general manager (GM) Doug Whaley.
“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,” the Bills GM stated to ESPN.
“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.”
Williams is suspended for the first four games of the regular season because he violated the league’s substance abuse policy.
If Williams is not claimed off waivers, he will become a free agent and any NFL team can sign him. While on waivers, the lower-ranked teams have a chance to add the young running back to their roster.
One of the teams reportedly interested in Karlos Williams are the Philadelphia Eagles, according to NFL rumors.
“However, the Eagles will have some tough financial decisions to make after the 2016 season. Mathews will have a 35 million cap number if he’s on the roster in 2017,” USA Today noted on the their article about Williams possibly going to Philadelphia.
“Every decision that’s made — whether you get tired of me saying it or not — every decision is made on three factors,” Rex Ryan stated to newyorkupsate.com. “And those three things are the team first, the team second and the team third. That’s all I’ll say about it.”
Bills teammates Reggie Bush and EJ Manuel were also surprised with the team’s decision to cut Karlos Williams.