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Former Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams won't be returning

With the hot-off-the-press story that Cary Williams has been released by the Seahawks, the inevitable speculation that he will return to the Ravens has begun. Yet, recent history suggests that he will not return to the Ravens, now or ever. Here's why.

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Williams (29) chases San Diego's Keenan Allen after giving up a reception to him.
Williams (29) chases San Diego's Keenan Allen after giving up a reception to him.
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Cary Williams has done it again. He has worn out his welcome with his team, this time appearing to be more about play and less about personality.

Some Ravens fans will want him to return to the confines of the Castle, but this will never happen. Why? Because the he was a part of the "Purge Post 2012" and has not given any evidence of change of demeanor and approach.

After the 2012 season, Harbaugh wanted to get rid of players with dominant personalities like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Boldin and safety Bernard Pollard. So, it's important to know now if he has grown as a coach because the good ones work around and absorb those types of players.

--Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun column "Ravens Can't Use Injuries...." from Nov. 27, 2015

In a recent article, I detailed whether the above assertion is true.  While I did not find this assertion to be fully true, it was accurate that he got rid of certain players that had a troubled and/or insubordinate tenure in Baltimore. Players like Bernard Pollard and Williams, pictured below in his Super Bowl brawl, were known for unsportsmanlike penalties and a penchant for the raucous.

In an uncanny similarity, look at what happened at Eagles Training Camp almost exactly six months later:

That was a scuffle with a teammate (Cooper) who had reportedly uttered an epithet which went viral.  It was still not an excuse for an outburst. Therefore, no matter what niceties come out of press conferences about him, do not bank on seeing Williams in purple and black anytime soon--or ever.

This isn't the only time that there were rumors of him returning, and they didn't pan out then either.

I've noticed a pattern with the Ravens and men who were dubbed trouble-making types in the locker room.  They are complimentary from the press conference podium, sometimes even inadvertently inspiring hope that they could return, but it does not materialize. Ever. This goes all the way back to Chris McAlister, and includes Williams and even Ed Reed. (Reed was somewhat of a special case in that he wasn't chased out of town. But his diminished skills along with his active part in the "mutiny of 2012" equaled his exit.)

One could even raise suspicion at the timing of his release by Seattle, knowing that Baltimore has a history of signing released players from upcoming opponents, for potential playing reasons but ostensibly for information mining as well. They signed Chris Matthews some weeks ago, after he was released by Seattle, and this list includes Terrance West, former Brown. Could Williams be a Trojan horse, filled with inaccurate intelligence? Or are the Seahawks simply confident that what he would tell doesn't matter?

Either way, I would not recommend holding one's breath for this signing. It is not going to happen, in my estimation.