Chargers release WR Mike Williams after seven seasons

When healthy, Williams is a field-stretching force who owns the size-speed combo to make life miserable on defenses. However, he missed 18 games over the past two seasons. Williams played just three games in 2023 before suffering a torn ACL. In 2022, he missed four regular-season games and the Chargers’ playoff loss due to injury. In seven years with L.A., Williams has played a full-season slate once.

When he’s on the field, the 6-foot-4 wideout is a big-play generator. Since 2018, Williams leads the NFL with 15.8 yards per reception (minimum 250 catches). From 2018-2023, 22.1% of Williams’ targets came from deep passes, per Next Gen Stats (fifth-highest percentage among players with at least 250 targets).

The Chargers offense noticeably missed Williams’ big-play ability when he was off the field. However, the cap hit made him a commodity the cap-strapped Chargers couldn’t afford to keep at that price.

In a league always searching for explosives, Williams should find a market. He profiles as a player who could receive a one-year contract with incentives, given he’s coming off injury.

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