By Sarah Berkowitz

After the Eagles cut underachieving blowhard cornerback Cary Williams, he somehow tricked the Seattle Seahawks into signing him to a big-bucks contract.

And now he is out of a job again.

Seattle released Williams yesterday after the veteran had started the first 10 games only to get benched for the last two. Williams was benched midway through the Seahawks’ victory over San Francisco in Week 11, then was a healthy scratch the past two weeks. Seattle has started DeShawn Shead at cornerback with Williams on the sideline.

Williams signed an $18 million, three-year deal with Seattle in the offseason in the hopes he could start opposite Richard Sherman and take the spot vacated when Byron Maxwell signed as a free agent with Philly.

But Williams acknowledged during training camp that he was struggling to learn Seattle’s system and to adjust to the way the Seahawks ask their cornerbacks to play. Carroll acknowledged that it was more beneficial for the Seahawks to go with Shead and Lane – two players who have been in Seattle’s system since entering the NFL – than continuing to have Williams struggle.

Williams had started 81 straight games before getting benched against Pittsburgh in Week 12. Seattle will continue to go with Shead as the starter and Lane as his presumptive backup. Shead was credited with four pass breakups two weeks ago against Pittsburgh; Williams had four pass breakups all season.

”It’s a short amount of time trying to catch up with all the specifics of our technique and stuff,” Carroll said. ”He did a nice job and he progressed with it, but we feel more comfortable with the guys that have been with us so we’ll make the move.”

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