Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The market for Cary Williams
By Tim Kavanagh
As the Baltimore Ravens advanced through the AFC postseason bracket, certain players have improved their financial futures; that cohort includes QB Joe Flacco, certainly, and it also includes CB Cary Williams.
Williams was already seen as one of the top CBs set to hit the free agent market this offseason, and his play in recent contests -- including a game-clinching INT against New England -- has only cemented that idea. So will the Ravens try and re-sign him? Here's Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun with his thoughts on the matter:
"In today's NFL you never have enough corners. I think the Ravens will try to keep Williams, but the salary cap will be an issue. With Corey Graham playing well, Chykie Brown continuing to improve and Lardarius Webb on the mend, Williams might get more on the open market than the Ravens want to offer."
We've been tossing Williams' name in as a potential free agent signing for any team with a need at the position and the budgetary allowance for a player of his ilk. So Preston's point certainly rings true in that regard: Williams will likely have a pretty high price tag. As for the other kind of tag -- the franchise variety -- Williams would seem to be lower on the priority totem pole than Flacco and S Ed Reed, so unless the Ravens work something out prior to the start of the league year, it's likely he's going to be landing that big, multi-year deal.