In April of 2012, Cary Williams’ teammate with the Ravens, CB Lardarius Webb, signed a 5 year contract extension worth $50 million. Later that offseason in August, Williams reportedly turned down a 3 year deal worth $15 million, despite having only one year under his belt as a starter. That seems like a pretty good deal that Williams passed on, opting instead to play under his restricted free agent tag for $1.927 million in 2012.
During the 2012 season, Williams started off poorly, but he played well down the stretch, helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl, while Webb missed most of the season with a torn ACL. Williams was looking to cash in on free agency, and he landed with the Eagles on a 3 year deal worth $17 million. While that may seem like great money to you and me, it is just $2 million more than the money he turned down before the start of the 2012 season, which at the time was a massive gamble. Williams clearly thought he was worth more than that $15 million offer he rejected.
Yesterday, Tim McManus of Philly Mag listed the comical reasons Cary Williams has been missing various Eagles OTA practices:
Cary Williams was once again a no-show. The corner missed about a month of work as he took care of some personal business, which included getting married, having dental work done and tending to a house-build. The latest reason? His daughter’s recital.
Obviously, those are some pretty bad reasons for a professional football player to be missing practice, voluntary or not, especially for a player who just signed a deal that makes him tied for the 8th highest paid Eagle in terms of “average money per year.”
Crazy as it might sound considering he likely signed with the team who offered the most money, I wonder if Williams is sulking because he thinks that he’s worth more than what the market said he was worth during free agency. Whatever the case, Williams’ career with the Eagles is not off to a good start.