Raiders To Drop Wide Receiver Tyrell Williams

The catcher was lost last season with a tear in his shoulder labrum sustained in training camp that required surgery.

HENDERSON – The Las Vegas Raiders plan to release wide receiver Tyrell Williams at the start of the league’s new year next month, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Williams missed last season with a tear in his shoulder labrum suffered in training camp that required surgery.


Injuries never allowed Tyrell Williams to shine in his stride with the Raiders. Getty Images

“Tyrell just couldn’t, unfortunately, stay healthy,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said at the time. “He could potentially have tried to play in spite of it, with a harness. But when you have such restricted movement, it’s difficult to catch the ball away from your body.”

Williams isn’t completely healthy yet, so the Raiders need to wait until the league’s new year starts on March 17 to cut him on salary-cap issues. The team will save $ 11.6 million on the move, increasing the likelihood that Las Vegas could seek to retain wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who took advantage of Williams’ absence.

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Agholor had a breakout season with 48 receptions for a career-high 896 yards and eight touchdowns for the Raiders after signing a one-season free agent deal for just over $ 1.04 million. The Raiders have also selected three receivers in the past two years in Hunter Renfrow (fifth round in 2019), Henry Ruggs III (No. 12 overall in 2020) and Bryan Edwards (third round in 2020).

Williams, meanwhile, signed a four-year, $ 44.4 million deal that included a guaranteed $ 22 million with the Raiders as a free agent in 2019, the same spring the Raiders traded Antonio Brown, who was cut by him. team without ever having participated in a game. All money guaranteed in Williams’ contract has been paid.

Williams, who is turning 29, had 42 catches for 651 yards and six touchdowns for the Raiders in 2019. But plantar fasciitis in both feet held him back and he missed two games. Reported to training camp healthy before suffering from shoulder problem.

Nelson Agholor’s chances of staying in Las Cegas would grow with the departure of Tyrell Williams. Getty Images

“I’m excited,” he said at the time. “I feel fast, I feel like myself. So, glad I feel that way, I think I’ve gotten over that.”

He spent the first four years of his career with the then San Diego Chargers and had 155 receptions for 2,530 yards and 17 touchdowns in 55 games. His best season came in 2016 when he accumulated 69 receptions for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns.

The news that Williams would be released was first reported by the NFL Network.