Today, Williams all but confirmed that was the case in an appearance on NFL Network. Though he said he was happy for Jones, he noted “It’s just sad that we won’t be able to play together again.”
Williams, drafted a round ahead of Jones in 2017, is hitting free agency after a solid year as the Packers’ second option in a crowded backfield. He compiled 505 yards and two touchdowns on 119 carries and added another 236 yards and a score on 31 catches while also offering his typically solid pass blocking as a third-down back.
Solid though he may have been, between Jones’ big contract and the presence of 2020 second-round pick AJ Dillon, there was a slim chance, if any, of Williams returning for 2021.
Even in light of that reality, Williams’ relentless positivity doesn’t seem to have been dimmed any, possibly because he’s about to cash in himself. Wherever he ends up signing, he’s likely in line for a big raise, given that he only made about $2.1 million in base salary last season. And cash in he should: Williams said in his interview that he and his agent have heard from “a lot” of teams concerning a deal, so he may be in a new uniform sooner rather than later.