If you've found yourself wondering if there's some sort of official reunion happening out in Las Vegas of some of your favorite former Kansas City Chiefs players, well it might be. At the very least, it seems to be the offseason strategy of the Las Vegas Raiders to try to win by association.
The Raiders are mired in misery in the AFC West these days behind the Chiefs and most other teams. This year they're predicted to finish among the worst teams in the league once again, but maybe their attempts to sign numerous former Chiefs will work out in some sort of unforeseen way.
News of the latest signing for the Raiders comes via ESPN reporter Adam Schefter who posted that Las Vegas had decided to sign veteran running back Damien Williams to a one-year deal on Friday.
The Las Vegas strategy is basically attempting to squeeze anything out of former KC Chiefs.
Williams is a postseason hero for Chiefs fans, the sort of player who will never have to buy a drink of his own anywhere close to Kansas City. That's what happens when an unexpected player steps up and scores 10 total touchdowns on successive playoff runs—one of which ended a 50-year dry spell between Super Bowl championships.
Williams came to the Chiefs after finishing out his rookie deal with the Miami Dolphins where he put up middling numbers, However, he became an important offensive cog out of the backfield for the Chiefs when it counted the most in 2018-19. From there, the Chiefs drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft while Williams opted out of the season due to COVID.
The Chicago Bears signed Williams in 2021 but Williams only earned 40 carries in 12 games played. Last season, he had a cup of coffee with the Atlanta Falcons for a single game with 1 carry for 2 yards. It's doubtful there's much left for Williams at this point, but then again, the Raiders have seen what Williams has been capable of before as rivals with the Chiefs.
If nothing else, Williams should have a good time catching up with other recent Raiders signings like linebacker Darius Harris, and cornerback Marcus Peters.