Ryan Williams was a surprise second-round pick in 2011, a running back that hopefully was going to create where not many Cardinals could create from the position.
Instead, an injury-riddled tenure came to an end Monday when Williams was among four players cut following the draft.
Williams was never activated for a game despite being healthy all season – even when Rashard Mendenhall had to sit out with
Williams was also set to be the highest-paid running back on the team, something that probably didn’t fit his status on the depth chart. The Cardinals will carry about $535,000 in dead salary cap money with Williams’ release, but recoup about $1.06 million on the cap.
Mendenhall retired, but when the Cardinals were able to come to terms with former Steelers running back
With second-year man
The Cardinals are expected to release their full list of undrafted rookie signings later Monday afternoon.
Williams’ rookie year ended in the preseason when he ruptured his patella tendon. His second season ended after five games when he fractured his shoulder, and later Williams acknowledged he felt his knee wasn’t fully healthy anyway.
Williams had further knee issues in training camp last season, missing almost all the practices and falling far down the depth chart. He never recovered.