Chris Williams (wide receiver)

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Chris Williams
Williams after being presented with the CFL's Outstanding Special Teams Player Award in 2012.
No. --  Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-16) September 16, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Fort Worth, Texas
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Rio Rancho (NM)
College: New Mexico State
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at
Career CFL statistics
Receptions: 153
Receiving yards: 2,362
Receiving TDs: 17
Punt Returns: 90
Punt Return Yardage: 1,198
Stats at

Chris Williams (born September 16, 1987) is a professional American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. 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, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico,[1] where he was a letterman in football, basketball and track. In football, he was named to the first-team All-state team after rushing for nearly 2,100 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior in 2004. He was also named to the first team All-state basketball team.

Also an outstanding track & field athlete, Williams scored 26 points at the 2005 Class 5A State Championships, where he captured the state titles in the 200-meter dash (21.51 s), the high jump (6ft, 11in) and was a member of the state champion 4x100m relay squad. He also won the state high jump and 200-meter dash title in 2003 & 2004. He won a total of 9 state titles in track in his high school career.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2009 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 7 in 170 lb 4.39 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

Miami Dolphins[edit]

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.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Williams was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad on November 9. He was released on November 18.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

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.[3] 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."[4] It is believed that Willams wants to play for an NFL team come the 2013 NFL season. On April 4 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.[5] 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.[6] On June 4, 2013 an independent arbitrator ruled that Williams' contract with the Tiger-Cats is legal and binding.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On October 3, 2013, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints. The move came just one day after he was granted free agency.[10]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On December 26, 2013, Williams was signed by the Chicago Bears.[11] On November 9, 2014, Williams took a kickoff back 101 yards for a touchdown. He was waived/injured, on December 3, 2014 to make way for the signing of Jay Feely as injury cover for Robbie Gould when he was considered doubtful for the game against the Dallas Cowboys on December 4.[12]


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