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Cary Williams signs second-round tender

After a season in which he emerged as one of the Ravens' most pleasant surprises, cornerback Cary Williams has signed his second-round restricted free agent tender.

The tender carries a $1.927 million salary for the 2012 season. Williams is the last Ravens' restricted free agent to have his contract situation settled. The Ravens reached an agreement with cornerback Lardarius Webb on a five-year, $50 million deal and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe signed his second-round tender last month. 

The Ravens have explored a long-term contract extension with Williams, but there doesn't appear to be anything imminent on that front and the 27-year-old is focused on making a healthy return from February hip surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Williams, who signed with the Ravens during the 2009 season, had a breakthrough 2011 season, making 77 total tackles with 18 pass deflections and two forced fumbles.

Williams, who is expected to be full go by the start of training camp in late July, will have to hold off second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith for his starting job heading into the 2012 season.

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