Former Philadelphia Eagles and Ravens cornerback Cary Williams is visiting the Seattle Seahawks today, according to league sources.
The Seahawks could use Williams as a potential replacement for departing cornerback Byron Maxwell, who is expected to command $8 million to $10 million annually as one of the top free agents at the position.
Williams has maintained interest in possibly returning to the Ravens, with whom he earned a Super Bowl ring as a starter three years ago, and the feeling is mutual, according to sources.
Whether Williams ultimately rejoins the Ravens or signs with another team will depend on the price, and the Seahawks are getting the first visit. The Ravens remain in a tight salary cap situation with $4.6 million available under the limit of $143.28 million.
The Eagles opted to cut Williams this week rather than pay him a $6.5 million base salary next season.
A 2008 seventh-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans, Williams is a big cornerback at 6 feet 1, 190 pounds...Read more
Towson cornerback Tye Smith expressed disappointment with his 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, saying he's still adjusting to the weight he's put on to get ready for the NFL.
Up to 195 pounds -- 25 pounds heavier than he was listed on the Towson roster -- the 6-foot FCS All-American ran an unexpectedly slow 4.6 at the combine.
"I felt like it was a positive week, everything besides my 40-yard dash, which I have to improve," Smith said in a telephone interview. "I would say my body wasn't used to the weight and my start wasn't good.
“Overall, I did good, but I always know I can do better, I’m working hard to imrpove the stuff I didn't do so good at the combine.”
Smith did have the sixth-fastest 20-yard shuttle with a 3.96 time. He also had a 36.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-4 broad jump, bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 6.97 three-cone drill.
He is hoping for a much faster 40-yard dash at his campus pro day workout on April 1, where he'll also do positional drills for...Read more
Former Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty will visit the New York Jets on Friday and Saturday, according to a league source.
Jets coach Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers were on the Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff when Canty was playing in Dallas.
Canty, 32, was previously with the New York Giants prior to joining the Ravens two years ago.
Canty was entering the final year of a three-year, $8 million contract when he was released last week, a transaction that saved the Ravens $2.66 million against the salary cap.
Canty told The Baltimore Sun last week that he appreciated the Ravens releasing him so he could get a headstart on free agency, which officially begins March 10. He's eligible to sign with a team now. Canty briefly contemplated retirement before getting back to training regularly and deciding he wants to keep playing.
"I'm a veteran. I understand the value of starting this process before free agency," Canty said. "Right now, all I'm thinking about is...Read more
Jarret Johnson will retire as a member of the Ravens, the team announced Wednesday.
The gritty veteran outside linebacker plans to sign a one-day contract this offseason to officially retire with the Ravens after he played the past three seasons for the San Diego Chargers.
"I'm excited," Johnson told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview Wednesday night. "I had no idea, I didn't know how that whole thing worked. I had just retired and I didn't think anything of it. The response out of Baltimore was awesome. It blew me and my wife away how positive it was. So many people reached out.
"It was pretty flattering to be gone for three years and get so much positive feedback. It's cool to get validation. You always want to know if you're doing things right or wrong and hear it from your teammates and coaches and all the fans."
Johnson, 33, played in the NFL for 12 seasons and was regarded one of the most respected and toughest players in the league. Johnson recorded 20 sacks in nine...Read more
Jacoby Jones' free agent tour continues, as the former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner will now visit the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source.
Jones has previously visited the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.
Jones' four-year, $12 million contract was terminated last week by the Ravens, saving them $750,000 against the salary cap.
Jones, 30, scored two touchdowns in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and his legacy also includes the “Mile-High Miracle” touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC divisional-round.
He was due a $2.5 million base salary in 2015 and was one year into a contract that included a $3.5 million signing bonus.
Jones made $4.5 million last season, but didn’t hit a $500,000 incentive clause for receptions. The New Orleans native caught just nine passes for 131 yards and zero touchdowns last season. He dropped several passes early and lost playing time.
Jones also had four fumbles, losing two....Read more
Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran cornerback Cary Williams, rather than pay him a $6.5 million base salary next season, the feisty defensive back is an option worth exploring for the Ravens.
And Williams has a strong interest in potentially rejoining the Ravens after leaving the organization on good terms two years ago, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Whether that means the Ravens will try to sign Williams is premature at this time, though.
Williams plays the game with a combative nature, embracing an underdog mentality as a 2008 seventh-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans. He's a big cornerback at 6 feet 1, 190 pounds and has the physical style and leaping ability to prevent receivers from making contested catches.
The Ravens had problems in the secondary last season, thanks in large part to injuries to top cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (Lisfranc foot sprain) and Lardarius Webb (nerve damage to lower back, hematoma). Smith is making steady...Read more