The Seattle Seahawks made cuts at their most stocked position Friday, releasing former top-10 draft pick Reggie Williams from the team. Williams was looking to make his NFL comeback with the Seahawks, but will now have to find another club willing to accommodate him.
The ninth overall pick in 2004 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Williams was the third receiver selected in the draft behind Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals, third overall) and Roy Williams (Detroit, seventh overall). In his rookie season, he put up disappointing numbers. In 2005, he made significant improvements to his game before suffering a concussion in the second half of the season that obviously took its toll.
Williams ran into legal trouble in 2006 after being arrested for possession of marijuana, and was allowed to participate in a pretrial intervention program which he successfully completed.
That season Williams was among the top receivers in the NFL, catching passes from Byron Leftwich. When Leftwich went down with an ankle injury, the more mobile David Garrard assumed the starter role and Williams production dwindled.
The former University of Washington standout had his best game as a pro in 2007 against the New Orleans Saints, pulling down six receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown. That year was the best for Williams in his pro career. He caught 38 balls for 629 yards, and 10 touchdowns.
He averaged 16.6 yards-per-catch in ‘07, and recorded more than twice the yards in any other season. He also set the single season touchdown receptions record for the franchise against the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.
Legal issues off the field again resurfaced for Williams in 2009 when he was arrested for DWI and possession of marijuana in Houston, Texas. The charges were later dismissed, but Williams did not learn his lesson.
In April of the same year he was involved with the ever popular strip club tussle, and police were forced to taser Williams to take him into custody. Police later found a bag of cocaine in his back pocket, and he is currently serving two-years probation for the violation.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll once recruited Williams when he was the head coach at the University of Southern California. Carroll was forced to cut Williams to make room on the roster for draft picks Walter Thurmond, E.J. Wilson, and Kam Chancellor.
The team announced that T.J. Houshmanzadeh, and Dieon Branch would also be ready for the start of training camp. There was no room left on the roster for Williams, who will have to keep searching for a team that will give him a chance.
NFL sportsbooks have set the Seahawks as the underdogs under Carroll to win the 2010 NFC Championship at +3000. The pre-season odds for the Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLV have been set at +6000.