As we approach the draft next week, a few Detroit-receiver jokes are almost inevitable. And incredibly, the responsible trio -- Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Mike Williams -- remain in the news to this day.
Last week, a judge ordered Rogers (drafted in 2003) to re-pay the Lions $6.1 million after his career was cut short by violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson wrote it would take a “miracle of biblical proportions” for the Lions to see much, if any, of that money.
And finally, Mike Williams (2005) will get a tryout during a minicamp in Seattle this week. My NFC West colleague Mike Sando notes Williams played for current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC. Williams, however, hasn’t been in an NFL uniform since 2007. Although he is only 26, Williams has only missed three of the past six seasons of his career.