Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Dolphins restricted free agent RB Damien Williams has not signed his tendered offer from Miami because he is looking for more money than what he would make under the original-round tender.
According to Salguero, Williams was hoping to generate enough in restricted free agent agency that he could sign an offer sheet with another team that would force the Dolphins to match it or let him go.
Williams visited with the Patriots last month, but they elected to sign RB Mike Gillislee to a two-year, $6.4 million deal instead.
Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum doesn’t seem to be phased by Williams’ contract demands.
“So we have his rights,” said Tannenbaum. “He hasn’t signed his tender. He is a restricted free agent and our tender is still out there.”
Miami placed an original-round tender on Williams that would cost them around $1.797 million for the 2017 season.
Williams, 25, originally signed on with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma back in 2014. He just finished the final year of a three-year, $1,535,000 contract.
In 2016, Williams appeared in 15 games for the Dolphins and recorded 115 yards on 35 carries (3.3 YPC) and three touchdowns. He also accumulated 23 receptions for 249 yards receiving and three touchdowns