The Seahawks have signed a pair of underachieving wide receivers who had been out of the NFL, reaching agreements with former USC Trojan and Detroit Lion pick Mike Williams and ex-Jaguar Reggie Williams, both of whom were one-time first-round draft choices. They were two of five players signed by Seattle after trying out with the team during a just-completed three-day minicamp.
Mike Williams had been out of the league for two years, since the Titans released him in early 2008. After being drafted 10th overall in 2005, he battled weight issues in the NFL and didn't come close to living up to expectations. He totaled 44 catches for 539 yards and two touchdowns in three disappointing seasons.
Although he played for Carroll at USC in 2003, Mike Williams had no idea he would be reunited with his old coach in the NFL.
"I told him I had all the intentions of getting back in shape and getting back to football," Mike Williams said he told Carroll last October, when his coach was still at USC. "He was vintage Coach Carroll. He said, 'Hard work is going to pay off. You work hard and get yourself in shape, you'll get an opportunity.' "
Reggie Williams was the ninth overall pick in the 2004 draft, by Jacksonville. He averaged 38 receptions, 464 yards and less than four touchdowns per season in five years with the Jaguars. He was out of football last season.
Besides the two Williamses, the Seahawks signed FB Ryan Powdrell, CB Kennard Cox and OG Mitch Erickson following the minicamp. They also waived OG Trevor Canfield.
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