Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions will sign former Las Vegas Raiders wideout Tyrell Williams to a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million.
Given Williams’ history, this move is not only a brilliant signing but one that should not shock Lions fans. During a Tuesday morning press conference, Lions head coach Dan Campbell all but tipped his hand, letting the media know this could be a direction they would go in.
Campbell said that he has no plans to bring over many former New Orleans Saints’ players. That should be music to the ears of many Lions fans. It’s something they witnessed former coach Matt Patricia do with for three seasons, adding former New England Patriots players past their prime.
However, Campbell did state that with him and his coaching staff members coming from various places, adding players they are familiar with is something they would consider.
And this is where Tyrell Williams comes in.
Before his lone season on the Raiders, Williams played four seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. In his last two seasons with the Chargers, Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn was his head coach.
During Williams’ two years under Lynn (2017 and 2018), he caught 84 passes for 1,381 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2017, he tied Colts’ T.Y. Hilton for fourth in the league in yards per reception (16.9).
Currently, the Lions’ two best wide receivers––Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones–– are free agents. There is an expectation that Golladay will return regardless, but Jones is on his way out the door. Landing Williams and potentially pairing with Golladay, T.J. Hockenson, and D’Andre Swift will give Lions’ quarterback Jared Goff the weapons he needs.
Williams will be 29 at next season’s start. His breakout year came in 2016. In 16 games, he caught 69 passes for 1,059 and seven touchdowns. The Las Vegas Raiders released Williams last Wednesday, paving the way for his arrival to the Motor City.