Karlos Williams is now a free agent. The deadline for him to be claimed off waivers has come and gone and all 31 teams have declined to take the running back at his scheduled salary, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.
As a rookie in 2015, Williams ran for 517 yards off of 93 carries, good for an eye-popping 5.6 yards-per-carry average. He also added seven rushing touchdowns. This year, the Bills were banking on Williams to serve as a quality complement to lead rusher LeSean McCoy, but things didn’t pan out that way.
In July, the Bills learned that Williams would have to serve a four-game suspension for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
“As an organization, we are disappointed that Karlos has put himself in this situation,” the Bills said in a statement at the time. “Poor decisions such as this affect not only the individual, but the entire Bills organization. We will continue to work with Karlos through the various player programs we provide to assist him in making better decisions moving forward.”
The issues with Williams didn’t stop there. The tailback reported to minicamp overweight, and, according to one report, porked all the way up to 261 pounds after being listed at 229 last year. Given his off-the-field and conditioning issues, it seems that the rest of the league isn’t all that crazy about him either.
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