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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Seahawks Re-Sign Williams



From Seahawks.com:

Cornerback Jimmy Williams signed a one-year deal.

Williams was a free-agent signing during the third week of the 2005 regular season, initially as a special teams player and a punt-returner. Eventually he also became vital in the secondary. The 5-11, 195-pouder started at right cornerback in the final game of the regular season while Marcus Trufant was nursing a back injury.

Williams, 27, averaged 5.8 yards on 24 punt returns and played in 14 of the 16 regular season games. His role expanded as the season progressed, often playing in nickel and dime defenses as injuries in the secondary took a toll. A sixth-round draft choice out of Vanderbilt by the Buffalo Bills in 2001, Williams never played for Buffalo but spent four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before joining the Seahawks.

He has accrued 76 tackles and three interceptions in his career, adding significantly to his total with 23 tackles and two interceptions in 2005. But his selfless and spirited personality in practice and presence in the locker room were just as vital to his role for the Seahawks as his in-game performance.

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