Dallas Cowboys officially sign injury-plagued running back Ryan Williams

Dallas Cowboys sign injury-plagued running back Ryan WilliamsRyan Williams has played just five regular-season games since being drafted in 2011. (John W. McDonough/SI)

Just three years after the Arizona Cardinals drafted Ryan Williams with the 38th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the running back was without a job, released last week after injuries limited him to just five games in three years with the Cardinals.

Williams landed on his feet, officially signing a contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

That deal was officially announced after Williams impressed Dallas coaches during his weekend workout, leading to reports that a deal was in the works. Undrafted rookie Glasco Martin was released in a corresponding move to open a roster spot.

MORE: Watkins among AFC’s biggest impact rookies | Hyde in NFC | Offensive ROY race

Williams is not expected to challenge starting running back DeMarco Murray or even backup Lance Dunbar but could very well win the No. 3 job ahead of Joseph Randle.

Regardless, despite his solid workout, Williams will have to prove he's healthy if he's to earn a spot on Dallas' 53-man roster, as knee problems have plagued the 24-year-old's short NFL career.

The former second round pick was a "healthy" scratch in all 16 games for the Cardinals last season, despite the team employing a running back carousel.

Williams will need to shake the rust off but still brings with him a high ceiling if he can stay on the field. Contractual details of his signing were not released.
Promoted Stories

Drag this icon to your bookmark bar.
Then delete your old SI.com bookmark.


Click the share icon to bookmark us.