The Chiefs have agreed to sign free agent running back Kerwynn Williams to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).
Kansas City has now made two under-the-radar additions to its backfield this offseason, as the club also signed former Dolphins running back Damien Williams. Kareem Hunt will still handle the bulk of the Chiefs’ carries after leading the league with 1,327 rushing yards during his rookie season in 2017, but the team is accruing depth behind the former third-round pick. In addition to Kerwynn and Damien Williams, Kansas City also boasts Charcandrick West, Akeem Hunt, and a rehabbing Spencer Ware.
Kerwynn Williams should be able to fill a variety of roles for the Chiefs, and will compete to be Hunt’s direct backup. In 2017, Williams saw the most playing time of his career while filling in for David Johnson in Arizona, as he managed 120 carries for 426 yards and one touchdown. He also added 10 receptions for 93 yards in the passing game.
In addition to contributing on offense, Williams can also help out on special teams. The 26-year-old returned 16 kickoffs for the Cardinals last year, averaging 20.4 yards per return. A year prior, Williams played on nearly 50% of Arizona’s special teams snaps.
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