Cardinals add ex-Chiefs RB Williams to backfield

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The Arizona Cardinals signed operating again Darrel Williams to a one-year contract Tuesday, giving them a veteran alternative for Chase Edmonds to pair with James Conner of their backfield for the 2022 season.

Monetary phrases of Williams’ contract weren’t disclosed.

Edmonds and Conner had been each unrestricted free brokers this offseason. Whereas Conner re-signed with the Cardinals on a three-year, $21 million contract, Edmonds left Arizona to signal a two-year, $12.1 million take care of the Miami Dolphins.

The Cardinals’ depth chart at operating again additionally contains Keaontay Ingram, who was chosen within the sixth spherical of the 2022 draft, and Eno Benjamin.

Williams was the main rusher for the Kansas City Chiefs throughout the 2021 season whereas competing for carries with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon. He completed the common season with 558 yards and 6 touchdowns, however a toe damage saved him from contributing a lot throughout the playoffs.

The highly effective again additionally confirmed his versatility, catching 47 passes for 452 yards — which tied for fifth amongst NFL operating backs — and two touchdowns.

Williams, 27, joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and performed sparingly his rookie season, however he started to emerge in 2019, when he had 308 yards from scrimmage, and in 2020, when he led the staff within the postseason with 135 speeding yards and a landing.

The Cardinals launched operating again Jaylen Samuels on Tuesday when Williams was added to the roster.

ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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