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NFL free agent rumors: Karlos Williams reportedly being pursued by Jaguars

Releasing Jonas Gray last week is making more and more sense by the day.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly the most interested team in second-year running back Karlos Williams, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

There's really no rush to sign Williams, however. He was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy and can serve the suspension as a free agent.

The Bills said after the release that this was a performance-based decision although his weight gain this offseason was certainly a contributing factor.

"I've always said this is a performance-based business," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Saturday. "The release of Karlos Williams was strictly performance-based. He came in behind the eight ball and never caught up. And there was other guys on the roster that moved ahead of him.  In light of that, we thought, 'Why hold on to him?' Why don't we give him a chance to maybe find another job out there in the league?' We weren't going to hold on to him to the end, knowing he wasn't going to make the team."

A fifth-round pick last season out of Florida State, Williams played in 11 games and started three. He rushed for 517 yards on 93 carries and scored seven touchdowns in addition to two additional receiving touchdowns.