NFL Free Agents 2011: Where Will Cadillac Williams Land?

Jay BrownContributor IJuly 28, 2011

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 29:  Cadillac Williams #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Free agency is in full swing, and the number of players being re-signed or signing with other teams has increased substantially during the second full day of free agency.

However, some fans are wondering where some of their favorite players may end up.

One player in particular is free-agent running back, Cadillac Williams.

As of this point, Williams is being courted by two potential teams: his former employer the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are projecting to be $59 million under the $120 million salary cap for the 2011-2012 NFL season, so it does give them room to work.

The Buccaneers' primary focus has been to re-sign as many of their free agents as they can this offseason, but re-signing Williams hasn't been a top priority, especially with the increased productivity of LeGarrette Blount.

Williams has produced only one 1,000-yard rushing season (1,178 yards during his rookie season) while with the Bucs, but only averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

On the other side of that coin, Blount rushed for 1,007 yards in his rookie season, while averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

The Bucs are looking for a running back who can produce solid numbers on a consistent basis.

Williams sustained a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during a Week 4 road win against the Carolina Panthers that would end his 2007 season. He was hopeful to be ready to play for the 2008 season, but he only appeared in six games before suffering a torn patellar tendon in his left knee this time, which ended his 2008 comeback.

Since his knee injuries, Williams has only rushed for 1,269 yards over the last two seasons.

Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-sign Williams, he would once again find himself in the shadows of Blount and his role reduced primarily as the third-down back.

Cadillac Williams may find salvation yet.

Word has it the St. Louis Rams are looking to add depth behind the steady production of three-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson.

An early report had San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles possibly on his way to St. Louis, but as of a few hours ago, was reporting that Sproles had narrowed down his choices to San Diego, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

With this new information coming out, the potential for Williams to land to St. Louis may have greatly increased. He would provide much-needed depth behind Jackson, especially on third-down plays (Williams finished first in third-down efficiency among all running backs last season), and could give Rams quarterback Sam Bradford another target for short-yard passing plays.

The Rams could also benefit from the fact that Williams won't command a large free-agent salary.

It will be interesting to see how this story plays out now that Sproles is out of the picture.