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Ravens' 5-year deal with Brandon Williams caps busy start to free agency

Ravens' 5-year deal with Brandon Williams caps busy start to free agency

A player exodus on day one of free agency has become an annual rite of March for the Ravens, who traditionally are relatively quiet when the market opens in favor of a more measured approach.

But less than an hour into the start of free agency Thursday, the Ravens had finalized deals with two players and made sure that two others will stick around for 2017. And by day's end, they checked off their biggest priority of all.

The Ravens reached an agreement in principle with standout nose tackle Brandon Williams, bringing back the cog of their run defense on a five-year deal. With a reported five-year, $54 million contract that includes $27.5 million guaranteed, Williams easily...

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