Cary Williams joins Eagles at own pace

Cary Williams joins Eagles at own pace
June 2, 2013, 1:30 am
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The “O” in OTA doesn’t stand for “optional,” but players have been known to treat them that way. Even somebody who just signed a big free-agent contract with a new team that has a new coach.

We’re talking about you, Cary Williams.

The former Ravens cornerback parlayed a solid season in Baltimore into a three-year, $17 million deal with the Eagles. But Williams has missed a chunk of Philly’s organized team activities under new coach Chip Kelly. The reasons for his absences from the non-mandatory sessions: his wedding, dental work, building a home and a daughter’s recital.

"Just because it was OTAs doesn't mean I need to derail my plans," Williams said, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer (h/t Pro Football Talk).

That kind of comment along with the absences caused The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane to write: “So much was made of how the Eagles signed team-first free agents this offseason. Williams' actions suggest anything but.”

However, veteran wide receiver Jason Avant defended Williams.

"If you sit down with Cary, he's definitely committed," Avant said. "Guys in the locker room know the guys that are committed to their craft, and Cary is definitely one of those guys."








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