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Brandon Williams ready to take his place as a core building block for Ravens

Brandon Williams ready to take his place as a core building block for Ravens

The Ravens have always made a point of investing long-term dollars to keep essential homegrown players, from Ray Lewis to Haloti Ngata to Joe Flacco.

In March, nose tackle Brandon Williams became the latest member of that exclusive club, signing a five-year, $52.5 million, with $27.5 million guaranteed.

Williams, 28, might seem an unusual addition to a group that includes future Hall of Famers, Super Bowl MVPs and multiyear All-Pros. He was a third-round draft pick out of Missouri Southern and has just 4½ sacks to his name in four seasons. He plays one of the least glamorous positions in the league, and the closest he has come to the Pro Bowl was a second-alternate...

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