The Legion of Boom is sticking to its guns once again.
With the return of Jeremy Lane showing massive improvement opposite Richard Sherman for the Seattle Seahawks' pass defense the last two weeks, the team decided enough is enough with Cary Williams, releasing the team's former number-two corner Monday afternoon. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport first reported the transaction.
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Williams, 30, signed with the Seahawks in March on an agreement worth $18 million for three years. The 30 year-old spent his previous two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after his career began with the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.
Coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Kris Richard benched Williams in the third quarter of Seattle's 29-13 win over the rival San Francisco 49ers, and since the Washburn product has been a healthy scratch two weeks in a row.
“He’s battling right now. He’s still a part of our group, and everybody’s always battling. There’s nothing guaranteed for anyone. We all understand that," said Richard last week in preparation for Seattle's eventual 38-7 shellacking of the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings. "He’s battling right now to essentially seize his spot back. He’s come back out here with a great attitude, locked back in, focused back in so everybody’s competing.”
In 10 games prior to his benching and release, Williams racked up 30 tackles and a Week 1 fumble return score as a Seahawk. He will likely be picked up by another team, more than probably a potential playoff contender.
DeShawn Shead and Marcus Burley will step in for the depth spot at corner that Williams held before they overtook the now-free agent on the depth chart.
Seattle is flying high like their teams of the past few seasons after a slow start that saw them dip to 2-4. At 7-5, they qualify for the second wild card slot in the NFC, the sixth seed, and are currently three games behind the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC West division lead.
The Seahawks travel to Baltimore next Sunday to face Williams' former team. Seattle should not see much trouble facing a side without Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett on offense.