Chad Williams, WR
Salary cap savings: $494,928
Dead cap: $353,144
If the Cardinals do intend to release Chad Williams, it won’t be anytime soon as the team will not make hasty decisions in assessing and improving a talent depleted receiving depth chart. However, his release could happen during the pre-season if Williams continues to underperform in a potentially revamped receiving depth chart.
Williams has not had the kind of start the Cardinals had in store when they selected him during the third round of the 2017 draft out of Grambling State. He failed to stay healthy in 2018 and has been susceptible to key drops during his tenure in the desert — which is evident in his paltry 37.7% career catch rate. In 2018 alone, Williams finished the year as the 112th best receiver in the NFL with a 53.7 grade per Pro Football Focus, again, not a good look.
However, Keim and Kingsbury would be wise to see if Williams drop issues are the thing of the past during training camp and the pre-season because of his age (24), and pick they invested into him. But, if he doesn’t fix his drop issues, Chad Williams could be a thing of the past come the 2019 regular season.