OWINGS MILLS, MD – Huge news (literally) coming out of Owings Mills, as the Ravens announced on Thursday night that they had reached an agreement with nose tackle Brandon Williams.
The new contract for Williams is said to be a five year, $54 million contract with $27 million guaranteed. It makes Williams the highest-paid nose tackle in the league. NFL‘s Ian Rapoport was the first to tweet out the figures.
Williams, 28, was arguably the highest-coveted free agent coming from the Ravens. The Ravens’ brass was unable to bring back offensive tackle Rick Wagner and fullback Kyle Juszczyk, but they were able to wrap up the 335-pound bruiser that has been eating up space on defense for four seasons.
Williams was taken by the Ravens in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Southern Missouri. Since he became a starter in 2014, the Ravens have given up the third-fewest rushing yards per game (93.8).
Williams had been receiving interest from a number of teams around the league, but it is no secret that he loves Baltimore and the Ravens love him back. The Ravens’ front office knew that with limited salary cap space, they had to make some room for the contract that Williams is receiving. Over the last few days, the likes of Elvis Dumervil, Shareece Wright, and Kendrick Lewis have been cut. Dennis Pitta has also reportedly been asked to take a pay cut.
This is a very lucrative contract, and it will certainly not help the Ravens as they try to make more big moves. However, Williams is a special player, and his presence alone makes the Ravens’ defense better. This year’s draft class is supposed to be loaded with talent, so do not be surprised if this ends up being the biggest move Baltimore makes in free agency.