Chiefs news: Kansas City plans to pick up option on RB Damien Williams
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Report: Chiefs plan to pick up option on RB Damien Williams

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The Kansas City Chiefs are planning to pick up their option on running back Damien Williams, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Williams will make $2.3 million in 2020 under the option.

Williams had a rather strange 2019 campaign.

The first half of the season was a disaster for the 27-year-old, as he battled injuries and poor production in general. Things picked up for Williams down the stretch, however, and he ended up playing in 11 games and rushing for 498 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. In addition, he logged 30 catches for 213 yards and a couple of scores.

Williams was also a pivotal piece in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 29 yards and a score in Kansas City’s 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The halfback totaled four rushing touchdowns and two receiving scores in the playoffs overall.

Williams, who played his collegiate football at the University of Oklahoma, went undrafted but eventually landed with the Miami Dolphins in 2014.

He spent the first four years of his career with the Dolphins and never got much of an opportunity, topping out at 46 carries for 181 yards in 2017. Williams did manage to haul in 85 receptions for 733 yards and six touchdowns during his time in Miami, but for the most part, he was an afterthought in the Dolphins’ offense.

The San Diego native then joined the Chiefs in 2018 and registered 256 yards and four scores while posting 5.1 yards per carry in his first season with the club.