The Philadelphia Eagles might not have seen the last of Cary Williams. According to Martin Frank of The News Journal, there is a "50-50" chance that the much-maligned cornerback plays out the final year of his contract.
"The source said the Eagles haven't reached out to Williams or his agent yet about his status for next season."
Interestingly, Frank wasn't the only Eagles reporter to give an update on Williams' status on Friday afternoon. CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher, Tim McManus of Birds 24/7, and Les Bowen of the Daily News reiterated Frank's report. So, it's clear this information is coming from the same source.
A "50-50" chance of returning to Philadelphia seems a little high given Williams' 2015 salary. The 30-year-old corner is scheduled to carry a $8,166,668 cap figure in 2015. The Eagles can release him for a savings of $6,500,000 with only $1,666,668 in dead money. For what it's worth, Williams seemed pretty indifferent about returning at the end of the 2014 season.
The only way a Williams return makes sense if is he takes a pay cut. Williams might be open to that, but it doesn't seem likely. The Eagles could afford to upgrade on Williams, who is very inconsistent. But perhaps the team is concerned with replacing two starting cornerbacks in one off-season. Then again, Nolan Carroll and Brandon Boykin are still under contract and could be in the mix.
There is still a lot of time left before free agency begins on March 10. It wasn't until free agency started that the Eagles released Patrick Chung last season, so the fact that Williams isn't gone yet doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot. For now, don't completely rule out a Williams return.