Darryl Williams, OL
The ability to bring Darryl Williams back into the fold is exciting for two primary reasons to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs guaranteed Williams $107K to sign with them after the 2020 NFL Draft as a rookie free agent and he stuck with the team’s practice squad all last season. They’ve already built a lot into Williams as a a player with a vision of what he can become, so it’s going to be interesting to see how Williams continues to progress as a promising interior lineman. It’s also important to mention that he can play guard and center, so the versatility plays right into what the Chiefs love to see up front.
At the same time, the future is ripe for someone like Williams to step up. Williams is scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent in 2022, which means he’s going to be under team control through the 2023 season (if they want). The team lost Yasir Durant in a trade to the Patriots this week, so one such young lineman in the same position is now off the board for the sake of future planning.
Next year, the Chiefs are scheduled to lose the following players to free agency: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Mike Remmers, Andrew Wylie, Kyle Long, Austin Blythe. Only Nick Allegretti will be around beyond the starters. If Williams can prove himself trustworthy enough for meaningful reps, the Chiefs will have another reserve spot locked up for a couple seasons with a developmental player.