After four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, BYU’s all-time leading rusher Jamaal Williams has found a new team with the Detroit Lions.
Williams was a free agent this offseason, and posted a thank you to Green Bay on Mon. “Thank you Green Bay for accepting me and letting me grow into the Man I am today and still thriving to be,” the caption reads. “I’m looking forward to what’s ahead and excited to grind for what I want,” it says, among other things.
Late Tues. night, news broke that Williams has agreed to a two-year deal with the Packers’ NFC North foe, the Detroit Lions for $7.5 million. Williams will be competing with D’Andre Swift for reps, with Williams being the more experienced player. Swift is a second-year RB out of Georgia who rushed for 521 yards and 8 TDs last year.
Williams, who began his NFL career with the Packers in 2017, rushed for 1,985 yards with Green Bay, had 18 total touchdowns, and perhaps most impressively, 0 fumbles in four seasons. This past season he rushed for 505 yards for 2 TDs on 119 attempts. Drafted with RB Aaron Jones in 2017, Williams has shared reps with Jones for his entire career. Jones was also slated to become a free agent but has opted to stay with the Packers with a 4-year, $48 million deal.
QB Jared Goff was traded to the Lions at the beginning of Feb., so that is who Williams will be behind. Many Packers fans across the web have been gracious and kind, stating that they’ll miss Williams’ positive energy and dance moves, and who can blame them? Best of luck to Jamaal at his next spot — A Cougar fan-favorite forever and wherever!