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Report: Chiefs to pick up 2020 option on Damien Williams

Kansas City brings their most productive postseason player of the past two seasons back for 2020.

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Ready or not, free agency has begun.

The Kansas City Chiefs plan to pick up the 2020 option on running back Damien Williams, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rapoport added that Williams, 27, is due to make $2.3 million in 2020.

During the past two regular seasons with the Chiefs, Williams compiled 161 rushes for 754 yards, 53 catches for 373 yards and 13 total touchdowns. He has also been Kansas City’s most productive player in the postseason, registering 355 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns.

Williams had 104 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and four catches for 29 yards and a receiving touchdown in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV victory over the 49ers.

Injuries cost Williams five regular-season games in 2019, but he was the Chiefs’ choice option in a crowded running back room when he was healthy.

“At the end of the day, you don’t want to have that time off because you don’t want to miss those games,” Williams said prior to the AFC title game. “You want to stay in a rhythm. People don’t really look at what you’re doing off the field and behind the cameras — how hard I’m really working and what I’m doing to get back on the field. And being mentally tough and strong to stay into it and keep up on the plays so when I do come back, I can still stay in rhythm with the offensive line and everything just flows.”

After reportedly choosing not to bring back offensive lineman Cam Erving, the Chiefs have one final 2020 option to decide upon — linebacker Damien Wilson.


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