Mike Williams Reveals Lack of ‘Communication’ From New Chargers Staff

Former wide receiver Mike Williams revealed that a lack of contact offer from the new Los Angeles Chargers staff gave him a hint about his future with the team.
Jun 13, 2023; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers receiver Mike Williams (81) reacts during
Jun 13, 2023; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers receiver Mike Williams (81) reacts during / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers are officially in a post-Mike Williams era. While the team expressed some interest in keeping the veteran wide receiver around despite his release, the big-play threat has instead landed with the New York Jets for the 2024 season.

At his introductory press conference, Williams revealed how his final days as a Charger went.

The wideout said there "wasn't too much communication" from Los Angeles new staff in terms of how he'd fit in. That made it no surprise to him when he was released and allowed to pursue other opportunities instead.

Perhaps if the Chargers signaled their interest in a reunion sooner, Williams would have stuck around. Of course, that would also depend on what LA would give up financially to secure a return, and if Williams even had mutual feelings on re-upping with the franchise.

Instead, the former No. 7 overall pick will call New York his home this season. The Jets were desperate to add a legit playmer on offense, and they certainly paid up to get one, offering Williams a one-year pact that's worth up to $15 million (depending on if he reaches certain incentives).

The exits of Williams and Keenan Allen leave Los Angeles' WR room more barren than it's been in years. Veteran Joshua Palmer and 2023 rookie Quentin Johnston, who struggled mightily in his first NFL season, are the only notable contributors under contract right now.

Justin Herbert's receiving corps could get a big boost in April with the draft, where the Chargers own the No. 5 overall selection. That puts them in prime position to draft one of this year's top pass-catchers, with Malik Nabers or Romeo Odunze being the likely choices if Marvin Harrison Jr. is off the board.

Still, the fact the Chargers were eyeing a Williams return shows recognition that they need quality experienced talent to surround Justin Herbert with. It remains to be seen when Los Angeles inks another legit wideout to fill this pressing need.