With today being the final day that NFL teams can sign restricted free agents to offer sheets, it is pretty much a formality that cornerback Cary Williams, who was given a second-round tender by the Ravens, will be back in Baltimore this season even though he has yet to sign his restricted tender and technically isn’t under contract.
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.
The 27-year-old cornerback wasn’t expected to attend the team’s voluntary offseason workouts anyway because he had surgery after the season to repair a torn labrum in his hip and hasn’t been cleared to participate.
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.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun