MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins reserve tailback Damien Williams is running out of options.
The restricted free agent is looking for a substantial pay increase, according to Armando Salguero, but he is unlikely to get the dollars he wants.
Williams was hoping to attract interest from other NFL teams in order to at least force the Dolphins to match an offer sheet for more money.
He met with the New England Patriots but failed to receive an offer.
Instead, the Patriots ended up signing another familiar face, former Dolphins and Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee, to a two-year deal worth $6.4 million.
That’s the kind of money Williams is looking for. It’s also not anywhere close to what he will earn next season, according to Salguero.
The deadline to sign with a new team has passed, so Williams will either play for Miami next season or no one.
The Dolphins did offer Williams a raise, and he will earn $1.8 million in 2017 if he chooses to re-sign with Miami.
That’s a nice bump up from the $600,000 he made last season.
But Williams feels that he is more valuable to the team that he scored six touchdowns for in 2016.
Since signing with Miami as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 2014, Williams has played in 47 games and rushed for 296 yards and three rushing touchdowns while adding 63 receptions for 578 receiving yards and another five touchdowns through the air.