Before signing a two-year, $2.925 million contract with the Ravens last spring that included an $800,000 signing bonus, veteran offensive guard Bobbie Williams was a fixture with the Cincinnati Bengals organization.
Williams, 36, spent eight years in Cincinnati, establishing himself as a team captain who was heavily involved in the community with charitable efforts. He started 118 games for the Bengals, including a run of 68 consecutive starts that ended two years ago.
Now, Williams returns to Cincinnati for the first time on the football field since joining the Ravens.
"I got to admit it might seem a little different, but there's no doubt who I play for and where I stand," Williams said. "It should be fun, but I'm really looking forward to getting aw in. I'm looking forward to playing some football. That's pretty much it."
There's a good chance that Williams will see a lot of playing time Sunday against the Bengals and could even start at right guard if the Ravens elect to rest Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda due to shoulder, knee and ankle injuries.
Williams has started five games and played in a dozen after struggling with swelling and scar tissue in his surgically repaired right ankle during the preseason.
This really is a homecoming for the 6-foot-4, 345-pound Texas native since he maintains an offseason residence in Ohio and attends church in the Cincinnati area.
Williams still has a lot of friends on the Bengals' roster.
"We'll save it for after the game and then we can catch up," Williams said. "It will be fun."