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Free Agency and the Ravens

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Great to wake up to this! :gorave:

 

 

Terms: Five-year, $54 million deal that includes $27.5 million guaranteed. The average of $10.8 million per season is the highest for a nose tackle and ranks eighth among defensive tackles. Williams' guaranteed money is seventh-highest among defensive tackles.

ESPN 150 ranking: No. 1

Grade A: He’s No. 1 on ESPN’s free-agent rankings. It doesn’t get any better than this. The Ravens believe Williams is the best nose tackle in football, and they backed that up with their tireless pursuit of him. Williams is a premier run-stopper. He can rush the quarterback. He’s an unselfish leader. Now, Williams is an integral part of the future of the Ravens defense, along with cornerback Jimmy Smith and linebacker C.J. Mosley.

What it means: The Ravens will continue to have one of the best run defenses in the NFL. Williams either gets double-teamed (which frees up teammates) or makes the play in the backfield. How much of an impact does Williams make? With him on the field, Baltimore allowed 3.5 yards per carry since 2013. Without Williams, the Ravens gave up 4.2 yards per carry. Baltimore could have easily invested the money elsewhere because the Ravens have a history of developing interior linemen and were impressed by undrafted rookie Michael Pierce. But with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan set to become a free agent after this season, the Ravens’ best tandem going forward is Williams and Pierce..........http://www.espn.com/blog/baltimore-ravens/post/_/id/34280/ravens-make-big-splash-in-retaining-brandon-williams-to-anchor-defensive-line

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Both could have been signed early for a discount. Both got paid the most for their position. I am thinking this will not go well.

 

Does it ever occur to you that the org tries to do that but the players know they'll make more come free agency?

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Both could have been signed early for a discount. Both got paid the most for their position. I am thinking this will not go well.

Really? You know this how papa old friend? Do we know if the Ravens were renegotiating all last year or the year before to extend him? Just because the media didn't cover it or his agent didn't say anything does not mean they waiting until now to talk.

 

I am no fan of Ozzie's right now, never been high on Dick Cass and his way of working the cap, but some players want to test free agency, want to be wooed as it were before they settle.

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