Jameson Williams Agrees to Contract With Detroit Lions
Jameson Williams and the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a four-year, $17.5 million fully guaranteed deal that includes a fifth-year club option. The Lions traded up 20 spots to select Williams with the No. 12 overall pick in last month’s NFL draft. Williams was the fifth wide receiver out of Alabama to be drafted the top 15 in the last three drafts.
In his lone season with the Crimson Tide, Williams reeled in 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns, which earned him consensus All-American honors. The 6-foot-1,179-pound wideout is an electrifying playmaker on the outside. He led the country in touchdown catches of at least 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 yards. Williams also returned 10 kickoffs for 352 yards and two touchdowns.
"He's got great speed, and I think he's a guy that can really take the top off,” Nick Saban said before the draft. “He can do more than that because he's got some catch and run ability. But I really love Jameson. He added so much to our program."
Williams continues to progress from a torn ACL he suffered on Jan. 10 in the national championship but remains optimistic that he will be able to play in week one.
“I’m 13 weeks from surgery. I’ve just been doing regular movements, getting back to it. But I should be ready to go by training camp,” Williams said at his post-draft selection press conference. “I’m shooting for training camp.”
The Lions are set to appear on the HBO docuseries "Hard Knocks", giving fans an inside look at his progress this summer.