Former USC great Mike Williams has been released by the Seattle Seahawks, according to reports from ESPN’s NFC West Blog.
The NFL career of Mike Williams has always been a debated one, so it’s not exactly a surprise that his tenure in Seattle with Pete Carroll has come to an end. It’s hard to say his career is over at 28-years-old, but after having now three failed attempts in the NFL, it makes you wonder if the time is ticking on Williams. Last season, he caught just 18 passes for the Seahawks, and his reputation as a disappointment could make it awfully tough for him to stick with a team in 2012.
In 2010, Williams had his best season as a professional, catching 65 passes to lead the Seahawks. He was the feel-good story of the year, especially coming off of being out of the league for two seasons after fizzling out with the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders.
Williams was drafted by the Lions in 2005 at pick No. 10, and was said to be the best receiver coming out of college in years, even better than then-teammate Charles Rogers. However, things didn’t necessarily pan out in Detroit. Williams played just 22 games with the Lions, catching a mere 37 passes and scoring two touchdowns.
Currently, with time in Detroit, Oakland and Seattle, Williams’s career numbers stand at 127 catches for 1,526 yards and five touchdowns. While at USC, over the course of just two seasons and 26 games, he tallied 176 receptions for 2,579 yards to go with his 30 touchdowns.
Williams’ recruiting was built on the idea of him becoming the next Keyshawn Johnson, who played in Tampa at the time, which didn’t hurt to solidify those notions for Williams, as a product of Tampa himself.
Williams created the prototype for the big, physical receiver at USC. He not only expanded on the legacy ignited by Johnson, but it was because of Williams that east coast receivers like Dwayne Jarrett(New Jersey) and Patrick Turner(Tennessee) chose USC, with Turner being the first wear the No. 1 after Williams’ departure in 2004.