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Report: WR Tyrell Williams to leave Chargers for Oakland Raiders

Mike Williams has moved up the Chargers’ wide receiver depth chart.
Tyrell Williams, who started 37 games for the Chargers the past three seasons, is moving on to join the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN.
Tyrell Williams signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 draft, and flourished as a reliable down-the-field target for quarterback Philip Rivers. But his departure was an expected move. The Chargers already had an in-house replacement with Mike Williams, and had other positional needs to address.
Tyrell Williams was arguably the best wide receiver available on the open market. Financial terms of Williams’ new deal haven’t been reported.
“(Williams) got progressively better and better and better,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said in January. “He kind of took it to the next level this year, and he certainly earned his second contract.”
After only playing in four games as a rookie out of Western Oregon, Williams started in 12 games in 2016. He formed one of the better receiving duos in the NFL with Keenan Allen the past three years.
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Williams’ career numbers don’t stand out because the Chargers had many options with Allen, Mike Williams, and tight ends Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. But speed is highly coveted, and Tyrell Williams displayed that by averaging 16.3 yards per reception during his first four seasons.
Williams will now be teaming with former Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown for the Raiders, who continue to stay active during free agency.
The Chargers’ AFC West rival also added offensive tackle Trent Brown and former Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner.

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