After his electrifying career at BYU, where he became the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,901 rushing yards, Jamaal Williams carved out a nice role for himself on the Green Bay Packers.
After being drafted by Green Bay in the 2017 NFL draft, Williams has been an important piece to the Packers, rushing for 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns and appearing in every game except two.
In his rookie year, Williams was the Packers’ leading rusher, but over the past two seasons, Aaron Jones has been Green Bay’s No. 1 running back. With the emergence of Jones, who rushed for 1,084 yards to Williams’ 460 yards last year, and new addition AJ Dillon, who the Packers drafted with a second-round pick in 2020, Williams could potentially be on the cut bubble, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky writes in a new article.
Although coach Matt LaFleur has said he’d like to have at least three backs at his disposal, Williams might not be worth his $2.133 million salary if he’s the No. 3 back behind Aaron Jones and second-round pick AJ Dillon. Perhaps the Packers could find a trading partner for Williams during training camp, but if not — and if they feel comfortable kick return specialist Tyler Ervin could be the No. 3 back — then they could move on from Williams one way or another before the season starts, Demovsky writes.
Williams is on the final year of his rookie contract with Green Bay and will be an unrestricted free agent next year. Of course, Demovsky is assuming that Dillion would beat out Williams in camp for the No. 2 RB spot. If the Packers do decide to cut or trade Williams, he should be able to find a landing spot with another team.