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PFT: Mike Williams Could Be Cut Today

Among the numerous players set to be cut or traded in the coming days, one that would be unexpected is wide receiver Mike Williams.  Williams has been rumored to be on his way out for quite some time now, but it was originally thought he would be given one more shot.  When it was announced that four players were given permission to seek trades, Williams wasn't on that list. He and Damien Woody, who have both had weight problems, were supposedly going to be given a chance through the offseason program to see where they're at come mini-camps.  Now, things may be changing.

Pro Football Talk has posted a rumor that Mike Williams' time in Detroit may be up.

There's talk in league circles that the Detroit Lions will cut receiver Mike Williams, as soon as Thursday.

If he goes, he'll be the third top-ten draft pick in four seasons who flamed out in Motown.  He was selected tenth overall by the Lions in 2005, two years after the Lions selected receiver Charles Rogers at No. 2 overall, and three years after quarterback Joey Harrington was the pick at No. 3.

Obviously, this is a rumor, so Williams might not actually be cut.  If I had to speculate though, I'd say even if he isn't cut, the end result is just being prolonged.  BMW will not be around much longer unless something drastic changes, and that has been evident for the past year.

I really wish that Mike Williams could get it together and impress the coaches enough to keep a spot on the roster.  Not only do I not want to see another first round pick end up being cut, but I really believe BMW has potential.  In the final game of the season against Dallas, Williams made a great catch for a touchdown and showed that he could be a very good receiver.

I may see the potential, but the real question is do the coaches?  They're the ones that will be making the decision of whether or not to keep him around, so in the end he has to do what it takes to keep a spot on the roster.

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