News: 6 days agoWilliams (shoulder) would need to agree to a reduced salary to have any shot of staying with the Raiders, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Spin: Signed to a four-year, $44 million contract during the 2019 offseason, Williams battled through plantar fasciitis in his first year with the Raiders before missing the entire second season with a shoulder injury. He should recover from September labrum surgery in time for the offseason program, but he's facing an uncertain future with no guaranteed money remaining on his contract. Williams turns 29 in February, and he won't be handed a starting job in 2021, regardless of where he ends up playing.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Williams' first season with the Raiders had its ups and downs. Forced atop the depth chart by Antonio Brown's shenanigans, Williams opened the season with a touchdown in each of the first five games. However, he scored just one more touchdown while averaging 4.5 targets per game the rest of the season. Williams has now finished between WR45 and WR50 in fantasy points in each of the past three seasons and his 10.6% drop rate was worst at the position in 2019. Almost exclusively a deep threat, Williams will continue to struggle for targets with super-conservative Derek Carr under center and rookies Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards and Lynn Bowden added to the fold. At best, Williams should be stashed on fantasy benches.