Williams presumably hasn’t signed his tender because he and the Ravens are in advanced talks on a contract extension, which is something team officials recently said was a priority this offseason. He is represented by the same agency as fellow Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, who got his own extension earlier this month.
But as of this writing, no team has submitted a free-agent offer sheet for Williams and none are expected to before the midnight deadline, so count on him being back in a Ravens secondary that Webb recently boasted was the best in the NFL.
One of the team’s most pleasant surprises last season, Williams started all 18 games, including playoffs. He broke up 18 passes, made 89 tackles and forced two fumbles. A veteran of five NFL seasons, he is still looking for his first career interception.
Williams is expected to be pressed for a spot in the starting lineup by second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith, but either way, the team will often play three cornerbacks at once on passing downs.
Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who was also a restricted free agent, signed his second-round tender earlier this week.