The Eagles’ starting CB is out despite struggles from the rest of the secondary in order to save significant cap space.
The Philadelphia Eagles have released CB Cary Williams after two seasons with the team, saving over $6 million in the progress.
ProFootballTalk.com reported that the move comes in part as a cost-saving measure that could be in order to rebuild the entire Eagles’ secondary, which struggled down the stretch in 2014 and may require serious personnel changes.
Williams was set to make $6.5 million in 2015, according to NFLPA salary records. He was also involved in a number of controversies in his two seasons in Philadelphia, such as when he criticized the team’s practice regimen early in 2014 campaign. His release will free up millions in cap space for the Eagles to invest in a variety of free agent CBs that are set to become available in 2015.
Originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2008, Williams joined the Ravens in 2009 and became the team’s starting CB in 2011. In 2012, he set a career high with 4 INTs including his first ever INT-TD. His strong play in the 2012 playoffs also helped the Ravens go to and win Super Bowl XLVIII over the San Francisco 49ers.
Williams signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 for a large contract. In two seasons with the Eagles, Williams started all 32 games, recording over 130 tackles and 5 INTs in the process.