The Philadelphia Eagles signed cornerback Cary Williams to a three-year, $17 million deal in mid-March. With the departure of starters Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, head coach Chip Kelly was clearly looking to have Williams, a Super Bowl winner with the Ravens, come in and be their No. 1 corner from Day One.
Well, “Day One” still hasn’t come yet, as Williams has missed multiple “optional” Organized Team Activities over the past couple weeks due to reasons including dental work, his daughter’s recital, and presiding over the new house that is being built for him and his family.
Williams came on 97.5 the Fanatic today to address the issue: “I really don’t care [what the fans think], truthfully, if you want me to be honest. It’s just the fact that I think teams, organizations, and the NFL hold players captive over the OTAs. It’s not mandatory, but they act like it’s mandatory.”
Williams went on to stress how fans and the media don’t understand how hard a player’s life is, and how little free time they have during the season. He stressed that, “My life is more than just football . . . family is the most important thing to me.” It has certainly shown, as he put his daughter’s recital over a recent practice.
Although Williams made it clear that he doesn’t really care what the organization thinks of him, he has to be cognizant of the fact that Chip Kelly is analyzing his every move and his position on the depth chart is dropping with every missed practice and every comment that may come across as purported “laziness.” With $10.5 million guaranteed, he may not care much, but the fans of Philadelphia sure do and he is not the most popular person in the city right now.
Hopefully Williams really does come to “fly around and make plays on Sunday,” as he said the interview, but right now it seems like the Eagles may have another disaster waiting to happen in the secondary this season.