Williams gambled on himself before the season by rejecting the Ravens' offer of a three-year, $15 million contract extension.
- 'We're going to win,' Boldin says of AFC title game
- Bill Belichick on Ed Reed: 'He's really special'
- Five Ravens stats that stand out vs. the Patriots
- Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' victory
- Ravens 38, Carolina Panthers 10 [Pictures]
- Mike Preston grades the Ravens' 38-10 win over the Panthers in Week 4
See more photos »
With two interceptions against Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in last Saturday's game in the AFC divisional round, Corey Graham is proving to be a capable second cornerback if Williams leaves. Plus, Webb is expected to be recovered by next season.
Williams isn't giving up hope on staying in Baltimore, but he is realistic about the situation.
"Most importantly is to impress these guys," Williams said. "If it impresses others, that's cool as well."
The Ravens' players with the largest salary-cap figures for next season are outside linebacker Terrell Suggs ($13.02 million), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata ($11.5 million) and wide receiver Anquan Boldin ($7.5 million). Suggs and Ngata are both potential candidates to restructure their deals to lower their cap figures.
Boldin is due a $6 million base salary, fullback Vonta Leach has a $4.33 million salary-cap figure, and Pro Bowl return specialist Jacoby Jones has a $4.9 million salary-cap figure and a $4 million base salary. Jones could be due a contract extension that might lower his cap figure for 2013 by spreading out the money.
If Boldin and Leach don't lower their amounts through pay cuts or contract extensions, they could become unwanted cap casualties.
Should veteran center Matt Birk retire or be cut, it would free up $2.05 million in cap savings for the Ravens. Another $1.2 million can be saved if guard Bobbie Williams is off the roster.
Pending business also includes assigned projected tender levels and corresponding draft pick compensation for restricted free-agent tight ends Dennis Pitta ($2.023 million, second-round) and Ed Dickson ($1.323 million, original third-round), defensive end Arthur Jones ($2.023 million) and others. The Ravens could non-tender offensive lineman Ramon Harewood and safety Emanuel Cook and long snapper Morgan Cox, and then re-sign Cox to the veteran minimum to save money.
The restricted free agent tenders and exclusive-rights free agent tenders all count against the salary cap and will add up.
The Ravens have to decide whether to try to keep free safety Ed Reed, a 34-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, whose $44.5 million contract is expiring. If Reed and Baltimore can't agree on a deal, he's expected to weigh retirement against possibly finishing his career with another NFL team.
Once the season ends, the Ravens are expected to aggressively try to kick-start contract discussions with Flacco and attempt to hold onto their other free agents. Free agency begins March 12.
"It's all about prioritizing," Brandt said. "Each team, has their own internal mechanism for how to sign players. I know Pat Moriarty very well. He does a good job. He works well with Ozzie Newsome and figures out what needs to be done.
"It's really about understanding how to spend your money and working from the top down from ownership to the general manager to the coach. This is a very important offseason for the Ravens."