I’m sure Ticats fans are glad the Chris Williams saga is over.
The Tiger-Cats, the CFL, the CFL Players Association and Chris Williams have finally settled their bitter contract dispute, ending months of questions, court decisions and appeals.
The agreement means the talented receiver is now free to sign with any NFL team.
But should Hamilton’s all-time single season touchdown leader decide that he wants to play in the CFL this year or in 2014, he will still be Ticats property.
Williams did not show up for training camp this season, claiming the Cats messed up his last contract which prevented him from signing with an NFL club.
Hamilton has missed his production on the field, especially on special teams, after Williams set the CFL record with 6 return touchdowns in 2012.
It will be interesting to see when the 2011 CFL rookie of the year and last year’s top special teams player latches onto an NFL team.
If he doesn’t have something in his back pocket, Williams could find it tough sledding.
The NFL is already in to Week 5, and strictly special teams players aren’t as big a factor as they used to be, with few kick return opportunities and more fair catches nowadays.
The Ticats also retain some value in the agreement, knowing they could trade away his rights at any time.
I’m not sure how enticing that would be to other CFL teams, but a club like Ottawa may be interested in obtaining his rights should things go south for Williams in the lower 48 states.
Either way, I’m glad this case is finally closed.