The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing in more competition at the running back position, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Rapoport reported Sunday the Chiefs will be signing Kerwynn Williams, who most recently played with the Arizona Cardinals. The deal will be for one year and comes in time for the start of offseason workouts, which begin today.
Williams, 26, joined the league in 2013 as a seventh-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts out of Utah State. He played in one game with the Colts early during the 2013 season before being waived, after which he was signed to the practice squad. Williams remained with the Chargers into 2014 before being waived late in the preseason.
From there, Williams (5-8, 198) found a home with the Cardinals, where he would play off and on for the next four seasons. After initially being part of the practice squad in Arizona, Williams played five games late in the 2014 season and rushed for 246 yards on 53 carries, including a 19-carry/100-yard performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2015 and 2016, Williams was shuffled on and off the Arizona roster multiple times and played in 16 total games, rushing for 299 total yards and three touchdowns on 45 carries.
Williams had his most productive season in 2017, when he was among those to step up in place of Cardinals lead running back David Johnson, who was lost for the season in September due to wrist surgery. Williams wound up playing in all 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017, starting six, while rushing for 426 yards and one touchdown with 10 catches for 93 yards. He started the final five games of the season for Arizona, with his best game statistically being a 16-carry/97-yard outing against the Los Angeles Rams on December 3. Williams also returned kicks and punts for Arizona last season, totaling 16 kick returns for 326 yards (20.4 average, 28 long) and 21 punt returns for 137 yards (6.5 average, 20 long).
The Chiefs now have six running backs who are all capable of winning a roster spot in Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West, Akeem Hunt, and Damien Williams, who was signed earlier this offseason. Ware is coming off a knee injury that cost him the entire 2017 season, while Damien Williams is rebounding from offseason shoulder surgery. Updates on the health of Ware and Williams as well as where the new running backs fit in should come to light as offseason workouts progress.