Free agent WR Tyrell Williams has signed a one-year, $6.2 million deal with the Detroit Lions. Williams was recently released by the Las Vegas Raiders.
With the Lions wide receiver room in flux, the addition of Williams gives the Lions at least one proven wideout heading into free agency and before the Franchise Tag window closes. Despite a reduction in production each of the past four seasons he has played, the veteran increased his catch percentage and yards per target over that same time period. The Lions as an offense are difficult to get excited about so far this offseason, but there is still time for the new regime to make the team competitive and Williams trustworthy in fantasy.
The #Raiders plan to release WR Tyrell Williams at the start of the league year next month, per source. Williams missed the entire 2020 season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery, but should be fully healthy in 2-3 weeks. He’s still only 28.
Letting Tyrell Williams go will release $10.6 million in cap space while leaving just $1 million in dead money. The 28-year old missed all of the 2020 season with a torn labrum, and spent a chunk of 2019 sidelined with foot issues. The WR free-agent market is deep in 2021, so it will be interesting to see if he garners any interest as a team's WR3 or WR4.
There was already talk that Williams wasn't going to be the main target anymore in the offense. Ruggs, Renfrow and Edwards all benefit from this news. We had Williams way down our WR rankings to begin with.