Free agent running back DeAngelo Williams is still waiting for a call to join a new team after finishing his contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 34-year-old Williams scored 17 touchdowns in two seasons as the Steelers’ backup running back.
However, while the market may not be deep for older running backs with a lot of miles and carries, Williams has limited his market even further by ruling out four teams altogether that he refuses to join.
On Adam Schefter’s “Know Them From Adam” podcast, Williams explained why he refuses to join the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, and Jacksonville Jaguars, doling out sick burns in the process.
“First team would be the Cleveland Browns,” Williams said. “Mainly because they don’t have a history of winning … in my lifetime, I haven’t seen them have a winning season.”
Williams explained that he won’t sign with the Panthers for personal reasons because he didn’t like the way they handled his release in 2015 after nine seasons on the team. Williams said at the time that he was upset when the organisation didn’t reach out to him when his mother passed away with cancer the previous season.
“I had no problems with getting fired, but there are things that went on there that I didn’t like — and I still don’t like to this day,” Williams told Schefter. “There’s no point in me going back there. You’re an ex for a reason, right? You don’t go back to exes, and that’s just where I’m at there.”
Williams continued, saying the third team he won’t join is the Jaguars.
“I can’t think of anything positive about that particular organisation outside of the fact that they have pools in the stadium.”
Williams added that at this point in his career, he wants to go to a team where winning is “expected.” The Jaguars have not made the playoffs since 2007.
Williams’ named the Cowboys as his fourth team, but the reasoning was a bit different — he can’t stand the fan base.
“The Cowboys, they win. They just don’t ever show up during the playoffs. They always disappear in the playoffs.
“I’ve got a great depiction of the Cowboys’ fan base. During the regular season last year, they were on cloud nine. You couldn’t tell them anything because they were going to win the ‘ship — that’s all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying. Then, the minute they lose, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt — the excuses start flowing. It’s just amazing to me. That fan base just in general can’t handle defeat. Still, to this day, they say that the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch.”
It’s unclear when a suitor may emerge for Williams, with training camps beginning in just a few weeks.
However, Williams doesn’t seem to mind, telling Schefter, “I’ll sit here until 28 of those other teams call.”
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