A league source has confirmed the San Francisco 49ers are going to release WR Kyle Williams. The pending transaction was first reported by Sirius XM’s Adam Caplan. The pending release could be completed as soon as today.
He was relieved of his duties as a returner last week against the Carolina Panthers as LaMichael James took over for punt returns and Anthony Dixon handled kick returns in his place.
Williams has been less than stellar for the Niners this year in the slot receiver role and returning duties. He only has 10 receptions for 113 yards on the year and no touchdowns, which is ranks fourth and fifth on the team respectively. Not the production that is expected out of a #3 option.
His release shouldn’t come as a surprise with a healthy Mario Manningham, who played sparingly last Sunday, and the much anticipated return of Michael Crabtree, who is expected to be ready for action in early December.
Williams will forever be labeled by his huge mistakes in the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants in 2012. He fumbled on two separate punt returns, one of which led to the game winning field goal for the Giants.