It's official: Cary Williams is out in Philadelphia. The team officially announced his release on Tuesday morning.
The release of Williams is not unexpected. At the end of the season, he didn't seem to care if the Eagles were going to bring him back or not. The veteran cornerback was scheduled to make over $8.1 million in 2015. The Eagles save $6.5 million in cap space by cutting him, which brings the team's total to around $30 million.
Williams appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic and said that the team didn't approach him about a restructure or pay cut. The Eagles just wanted to move on.
Put generously, Williams was up and down during his Philadelphia career. He started 32 games over two seasons after signing with the team during the 2013 offseason. In that time he recorded 111 tackles, five interceptions, and 25 passes defensed.
Williams was also known for being vocal off the field. It started when he showed up late to minicamps in 2013 because he was busy helping his wife pick out sconces for their new home. During the team's 2014 training camp, Williams questioned the team's plans of practicing against the New England. He openly called the Patriots "cheaters" and had no regrets about his comments.
One of the most bizarre incidents was after the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins in Week 3 of the 2014 season. The Birds were 3-0 at the time but that didn't stop Williams from complaining about how the players were being pushed too hard. Williams later apologized for the outburst.
With Williams gone, the Eagles will likely need to replace both of their starting cornerbacks this offseason. Fellow 2014 starter Bradley Fletcher is scheduled to be a free agent and isn't expected to return. Eagles cornerbacks currently under contract through 2015 include: Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll II, and Jaylen Watkins.