Former Bills running back Karlos Williams has been reinstated to the NFL. Williams was cut by the Bills after reporting for training camp considerably out of shape. He was then suspended for substance abuse during a stint with Pittsburgh. Later down the road, a third violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy got him indefinitely suspended by the league. Fast forward to Thursday, February 21, 2019 and the NFL has announced that Karlos Williams has been reinstated as a free agent.
Could He Come Back?
Could Williams make a return to Buffalo? It’s very possible. Buffalo took Williams in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, giving Williams his first opportunity in the league. Williams assumed the role of RB2 behind Shady McCoy which made for a more than solid backfield. The Bills had the league’s best rushing offense that year with 2,432 total rushing yards. Karlos Williams himself accounted for 517 of those yards along with seven touchdowns. Williams finished that season with 5.6 yards per carry which made him one of the most efficient runners in the league. Karlos Williams is remembered by Bills fans as a waste of great potential. Williams instantly had an impact in Buffalo’s offense as a physical presence that could convert on third down. It was very exciting to think about him learning behind McCoy and eventually taking over which most likely would have happened around now. A nice idea, but not what happened.
So Williams is back as a free agent. Williams has worked hard for his reinstatement and will hopefully not let this opportunity slip. With Kareem Hunt already signed amidst his off the field issues and Josh Gordon kept by the Patriots as a comeback project it is reasonable to think that Williams will be given another chance by some NFL team. As a player with a history of off-field problems, he will have a low price friendly to teams taking a risk on the talented running back. With Buffalo being his first home in the NFL and the current problems at running back, Karlos Williams could be a great signing for Buffalo. Provided the off-field issues are no longer a problem, Williams will likely come back to be the dominant player he was and more.