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Cardinals cutting Williams?

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis RamsRemember when the Arizona Cardinals used a high second-round draft pick on Ryan Williams in 2011 to fix their running game problems? Yeah, that didn’t happen.

Williams was inactive for all 16 games this season, which says a lot about him when his team was hardly trotting out Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor out there. Williams was behind Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor and Alfonso Smith on the depth chart.

The Cardinals have probably grown tired of Williams oft-injured act and, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, will look to release him this offseason. You hate to cut bait on a 2011 second-round pick, but he’s just hurt so often and the Cardinals could save $1 million on the cap by cutting him.

He’s only 23-years old, so he would surely get picked up rather quickly for a look see. There is no saying that he can’t be a productive runner in the NFL, but he’s got to figure out how to stay healthy.

He wouldn’t be the first running back to be drafted by the Cardinals, be a total bust and then go elsewhere and become great. See: Garrison Hearst and Thomas Jones.

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