Garafolo says that Williams still expects to play in 2018 and hopes it’s for the Giants, but he doesn’t want to tie up a roster spot in meantime.
If Williams isn’t ready to return to the team, it makes more sense for the Giants to release him now, rather than place him on a reserve list.
Williams, 30, originally signed on with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Texas-San Antonio back in 2010. He lasted just over two years in Dallas before he was waived at the start of the 2012 season.
Williams had had brief stints with the Colts, Cardinals, Bears and Jaguars before the Panthers signed him to a contract a few years ago. Carolina brought Williams back on a one-year, $855K contract last year but he wound up missing the entire 2017 season.
The Panthers waived Williams back in March and he later signed a one-year contract with the Giants.
In 2016, Williams appeared in three games and recorded six tackles, one interception and two pass defenses.