Cornerback Cary Williams made a calculated gamble prior to this season, betting on himself by declining the Ravens' three-year contract extension offer worth roughly $15 million.

Instead, Williams chose to play out the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Williams has bolstered his prospects for cashing in with a career-high four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has recorded 69 tackles, 15 pass deflections and a sack with two games remaining in the regular season.

Although whether he'll still play for the Ravens going forward or wind up in another NFL city next season remains up in the air, that's not Williams' focus right now.

"I don't worry about that type of stuff," Williams said. "All of that stuff will take care of itself as long as I'm handling my business. I can't do that. I would be cheating my teammates to be worrying about what's going on next year instead of worrying about the right now and being in the moment."

With shutdown cornerback Lardarius Webb out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Williams has assumed the role of the Ravens' top cornerback assigned to cover opponents' best wide receivers.

For the most part, Williams has held up well. He did allow a 51-yard touchdown pass to Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker during a 34-17 loss Sunday.

Whatever Williams has done this season will be evaluated by Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, and his NFL colleagues.

"Yeah, most importantly is to impress these guys," Williams said. "If it impresses others, that's cool as well. My first priority is this team and this situation and making it to the playoffs."

The Ravens are mired in a three-game losing streak heading into Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

"We want it bad," Williams said. "We have to come up and play a complete game and control what we can control and prepare and play well."

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