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Former BYU RB Jamaal Williams Expresses Desire To Re-Sign With Packers

Feb 23, 2021, 12:24 PM | Updated: 4:25 pm
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Jamaal Williams #30 of the Green Bay Packers participates in warm-ups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former BYU and current NFL running back Jamaal Williams said that he’d like to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers.

Williams, who will be a free agent for the first time, discussed his future during an interview with NFL NOW on Monday, February 22.

“I’m thinking about free agency, but I’d really love to just be a Packer all my life if I could,” Williams said. “They gave me my first shot. I love Green Bay. It’s just a great place to be. But you know, things happen. If things don’t happen, then I’m just ready to take my shot into the free agency and show my skills to any team that’s willing to take that chance on me. I’m just ready to go, man. I’m just ready to play, have fun, be myself, just bring my spark to any team willing to give me that shot.”

Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams

During his time with Green Bay, Williams has served as the primary backup to fellow Packers running back Aaron Jones.

Last season, the duo combined for 1,609 rushing yards.

In addition to their production on the field, Williams and Jones have grown to become great friends.

However, due to the salary cap, the Packers are likely to part ways with one of the backs this offseason.

“Shoot, I’m not sure. I hope it does, but if it doesn’t, I’ll always wish my boy the best,” Williams said of Jones. “That’s my boy for life. We’ve been together since we started our career, and it’s nothing but a brotherhood. It’s nothing but us just having fun and wanting the best for each other. I mean, I love him, he loves me, and we know we’ve got each other’s back forever. And we know we came in this together, and we learned from each other by just our grit, how we came here to play, how every time we go the offseason, we try to make each other better for the team. We’re so team-oriented, and we just want to do what’s best for the team. That’s why we connect so well.”

Jamaal Williams in the NFL

After becoming BYU’s all-time leading rusher during his career in Provo from 2012-16, Williams entered the 2017 NFL Draft.

Williams was selected by the Packers during the fourth round with the 134 overall pick.

During his four years with Green Bay, the former Cougar star has run for 1,985 yards and 10 touchdowns on 500 carries.

As a threat out of the backfield, Williams has recorded 122 catches for 961 yards and eight touchdowns.

NFL free agency officially kicks off on March 17 when teams can start to sign free agents.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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