Chris Williams (wide receiver)
Williams after being presented with the CFL's Outstanding Special Teams Player Award in 2012.
No. 19 New Orleans Saints
|Date of birth:September 16, 1987|
|Place of birth: Fort Worth, Texas|
|Undrafted in 2009|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Practice Squad|
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Chris Williams (born September 16, 1987) is a professional American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). Williams played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL from 2010-2012. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at New Mexico State.
Williams has also been a member of the Cleveland Browns.
He was born in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where he was named to the first-team all-state football team, all -state basketball team and also won 9 state titles in track.
2009 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 7 in||170 lb||4.28 s||1.44 s||2.43 s||4.15 s||6.84 s||39 in||10 ft 7 in||13 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
He signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted college free agent on April 30, 2009. He was waived/injured on August 24 and subsequently reverted to injured reserve. He was released with an injury settlement on August 25.
Williams originally signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on October 18, 2010 and spent two weeks on the team's practice roster. He was re-signed on May 18, 2011. On September 3, 2012, during the last Labour Day Classic played at Ivor Wynne Stadium, Willams recorded his sixth return touchdown of the year, setting a new CFL record for return touchdowns in a single season. It was also the third consecutive game in which Williams had returned a punt for a touchdown, which also established a new CFL record. Williams finished the season with 16 touchdowns, 1,298 receiving yards and 1,117 punt return yards.
After an outstanding season Willams did not want to return to the Ti-Cats under his current contract of less than $50,000, and on March 15 he tweeted the following, ""Im beefin with my squad im not going back."  It is believed that Willams wants to play for an NFL team come the 2013 NFL season. On April 4th it was announced that Williams had contacted the Canadian Football League Players' Association to see if the Ticats violated a provision within the collective bargaining agreement that could lead to the final year of his contract with the Tiger-Cats being voided. Williams claims that the Ticats did not offer him the one year plus an option, but rather just the two-year plus an option contract. After failing to show up for mandatory training camp at the start of June 2013 the Ti-Cats placed him under suspension. Neither Williams nor his agent has made any contact with the Tiger-Cats, despite the team trying to communicate with them.  On June 4 2013 an independent arbitrator ruled that Williams' contract with the Tiger-Cats is legal and binding.  However, almost 3 months later on August 29, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice over-ruled the decision of the independent arbitrator, declaring Williams is not bound to any contractual obligations with the Tiger-Cats, making him a free agent in the view of the CFL Players Association. The CFL has announced that they will appeal the decision. On October 2 2013 the Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced that Williams was free to sign with any NFL team, but they would reserve his CFL rights through the 2014 CFL season.
New Orleans Saints
- Jeff Grammer, "A Human Dynamo: Former Rio Rancho High, NMSU Star Shines in CFL", Albuquerque Journal, September 7, 2012.
- New Mexico State Aggies bio
- "Ticats' Williams sets records with sixth return touchdown". TSN.ca. September 3, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=418282 Uncertain future with the Ti-Cats
- http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=419896 Attempts to void contract
- Suspended by the Ti-Cats
- Arbitrator rules contract legal
- "Former Ticat Williams considered a free agent by CFLPA". TSN.ca. August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
- "Williams considered a free agent by Tiger-Cats". TSN.ca. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.