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Report: Chiefs signal operating again Darrel Williams to a one-year deal

(Editor’s word: An earlier model of this publish famous Williams was tendered as a restricted free agent, however he signed a one-year contract with assured cash, together with incentives that would get him to what could be the quantity equal to a young. The article has been corrected.)

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are signing operating again Darrel Williams to a one-year deal, in line with Herbie Teope of The Kansas Metropolis Star. The contract is price as much as $2.13 million, together with $930,000 in assured cash, additionally per Teope.

Williams, 25, first joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2018. Williams’ biggest regular-season manufacturing (308 scrimmage yards) got here in the course of the 2019 season as Kansas Metropolis regarded for a solution at operating again, however Williams re-entered the highlight late in 2020 when beginning rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a hip and ankle harm in Week 15. Williams began the Chiefs’ Divisional spherical sport towards the Cleveland Browns, and he compiled 13 carries for 78 yards and 4 catches for 16 yards. Within the AFC title sport towards the Buffalo Payments, he notched the Chiefs’ go-ahead landing, and so they by no means misplaced the lead.

A hamstring harm ended Williams’ 2019 marketing campaign early however he rebounded to play a full season in 2020.

“That was actually the one factor that was holding Darrel again, was simply having the ability to keep wholesome constantly,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid stated again in early February. “He spent a lot time rehabbing this previous offseason, received himself into nice form, caught a pair breaks, which you want. I imply, he’s all the time labored arduous, he simply received nicked up. So, he was in a position for essentially the most half to remain injury-free, and he put collectively this season. And it’s not over but, he’s received yet another sport left right here (the Tremendous Bowl), however he certain has had a great season so far. I’d inform you that he’s actually a wise soccer participant. So, you see him produce on the sector, however all of us believe in him. Whether or not it’s third down, blitz safety, whether or not it’s blocking for an additional again otherwise you’ve seen him block for Tyreek (Hill) at occasions, or whether or not it’s out catching a go, he simply has an actual really feel for it and may be very instinctive, and likewise very good.”

As Reid famous, the Chiefs particularly like Williams’ skill as a go blocker, and his relationship with the starter, Edwards-Helaire, dates again to their school days at LSU. The Chiefs presently have three different backs on the 2021 90-man roster — the returning Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson and Derrick Gore.

Darrel has totaled 664 scrimmage yards and 6 whole touchdowns in his three-year profession.