Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams (34) runs up field with the ball during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals beat the Eagles 27-6. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals expected to release Ryan Williams

Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams once had plenty of hype and the team was hoping to make him a big part of their offensive gameplan, but he has been slowed down by injuries and has never been able to contribute in a way that the team was looking for.

As a result, it looks like Williams could be released this offseason in a move that will save the Cardinals $1 million in cap space.

From the Arizona Republic:

The Cardinals would hate to give up on Williams, a second-round pick in 2011. It’s easy to suggest trading him, but after three seasons filled with injuries, Williams has little or no value. The Cardinals could trim $1 million off the 2014 salary cap by parting ways with Williams. Look for that to happen.

Williams had fallen behind Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, and Alfonso Smith on the Cardinals depth chart, so the move wouldn’t exactly be a big surprise.

What will be the most interesting is just how quickly Williams will get scooped up in free agency.

At just 23 years old, you would have to imagine that the former second-round pick will get at least one more opportunity to prove himself in the league.

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