On Friday, the Seattle Seahawks announced the release of Mike Williams. The six-foot, five-inch wide receiver played two seasons with the Seahawks, tallying up 83 receptions for 987 yards and three touchdowns.
One of Williams’ most memorable moments in Seattle is his touchdown catch against the St. Louis Rams in Week 17 of the 2010-2011 season. BMW also had a touchdown catch in Seattle’s historic upset of the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs just a few days later.
Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said, “We would like to thank Mike for his contributions over the past two seasons and we wish him well in the future.”
The news came as no surprise to many Seahawk fans, and even Williams himself was not shocked. Following his release, Williams said that he had been expecting the move for some time; he also expressed his gratitude for Seattle and the opportunity he was given.
While BMW will be missed in Seattle, this gives guys like Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, and Kris Durham more reps and a chance to prove their talent. Williams suffered a season-ending ankle injury in 2011 and never really found a rhythm with Tarvaris Jackson.
Keep in mind that the Seahawks have tight ends Zach Miller and Kellen Winslow; it is more than likely that a large part of Seattle’s game plan in 2012 will revolve around a two tight end set. This reduces the need for taller receivers on the outside.
With a young, strong defense and a healthy offense, the Seahawks will do just fine in 2012.