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NFL team picks up Boom Williams

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After being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, former Kentucky running back Boom Williams already has a new home…for now.

According to Nate Bouda at, the Denver Broncos claimed Boom off the waiver wire from the Bengals today. Back in May, Boom signed a three-year $1.66 million contract with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent, and stands to make base salaries of $465,000 and $555,000 over his first two years if the Broncos keep him. Given the Broncos’ deep backfield, that’s probably a long shot, but hey, it’s a shot.

During Boom’s three-year career at Kentucky, he rushed for 2,513 yards on 367 carries and had 38 receptions for 292 yards receiving for 20 total touchdowns. Last season, he had 1,170 rushing yards, making him the ninth player in Kentucky football history to surpass 1,000 yards in a single season.

Go get ’em, Boom.

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6 Comments for NFL team picks up Boom Williams

  1. chris43
    5:39 pm August 21, 2017 Permalink

    Good luck Boom…but you should have stayed at UK

  2. jahanc2uky
    6:56 pm August 21, 2017 Permalink

    Did you even read the article Chris? $1.66 million dollars. Point me to ANY opportunity to earn that money, over 3 years, right out of college. PLEASE, I BEG YOU! Im gone to play the lottery.

    • bankerbh
      8:59 pm August 21, 2017 Permalink

      Question is…did you read the article? The only thing you got right was there are few if any college students (note that I did not use the term college grads as Boom quit school after 3 years) who would have a shot at making a half mil the first year on the job. Other than that, the $1.66 mil was from the Bengals who cut him so the only thing he made was per diem. He was cut because of depth and found himself on another team with depth. Good luck to the young man, but he was better served to have stayed for another year and at least head out into the world with a diploma in hand. He may have even developed some good will with the right folks in the fan base who could have helped him land a job if the NFL didn’t work out. But that train left the station a long time ago.

    • foamfinger
      8:18 am August 22, 2017 Permalink

      He had the opportunity to just test the waters, get his evaluation and then come back. Instead, he signed with an agent and ruined any chance of a fall back. He could have used the extra year to work on catching passes out of the backfield, playing special teams, and working on his durability/conditioning/cramping issues. There are a TON of OK running backs in the NFL and he needed to stand out.

  3. Luether
    9:20 pm August 21, 2017 Permalink

    Hope Boom makes it…

    • foamfinger
      8:19 am August 22, 2017 Permalink

      I hope he does make it, too, but I also hope that what he is going through will be a good warning to any other players who want to leave school early without being a lock to be drafted.