The San Francisco 49ers signed Darrell Williams as an undrafted free agent last season, before cutting him in the final roster cuts and then re-signing him to the practice squad. He spent eight games on the practice squad before spending seven of the last eight games of the season active on game days. Despite the 49ers racking up injuries on the offensive line however, Williams only played 3 snaps.
Experience: Second season
Weight: 310 pounds
Williams enters the final year of the two year contract he signed with the 49ers when he was promoted from the practice squad. He is due a base salary of $555,000, with no current signing bonus proration. The 49ers are carrying $3,334 in dead money following the decision to cut him last year at the end of training camp. If he makes the 49ers roster this season, he would become an exclusive rights free agent at the end of the year.
What to expect
Williams possesses the measurables the team looks for at the tackle spot. He impressed the 49ers’ brass enough last season to earn a place on the practice squad at the end of training camp, and then the roster as the swing tackle after injuries piled up. Williams has reportedly spent the offseason injured, so finds himself somewhat behind the curve in the competition for a spot at tackle. He is expected back for the start of training camp to stake his claim for a spot on the 53.
Odds of making the roster
Whilst there is practically no chance Williams is a starter, he has a decent shot to be on the roster as a swing tackle. Garry Gilliam returns from injury but has not played particularly well at any point in his NFL career. He did earn a two-year contract extension this offseason and is presumably ahead of Williams at this stage, should have a fight on his hands. Williams is a strong bubble for a tackle spot currently, despite missing the offseason so far.