The Baltimore Ravens top free agent heading into the offseason is defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Williams is a monster of a man and one of the Ravens biggest run-stuffers up front on the defensive line. With free agency quickly approaching, more moves and cuts are being made to open up cap space for every NFL team to make a move for someone like Williams, who will command top dollar next month.
Williams was on Sirius XM NFL Radio to talk about his impending free agency. He even discussed the possibility of playing under the Ravens franchise tag, if the team decides to use it on him.
"I know the numbers on the tag and it's not bad money for one year. Just want to play football."
If the Ravens were to place the franchise tag on Williams, it would be a projected tag number of $13.5 million on the defensive tackle, which would be the second highest cap hit on the Ravens for 2017. The Baltimore Suns Jeff Zreibec wrote last month that it seems "highly unlikely" that the Ravens would use the franchise tag on any of their free agents. Williams is right that $13.5 million is not bad money for one year, but it's only good for him. It wouldn't be good for the Ravens and there pursuit to get other free agents to make the team better next season.
Williams also talked about how much he loves playing in Baltimore and he would love to be back, but he has to do what's best for him and his family.
"Baltimore is a great place and it comes down to me taking care of my family for the long-term. They know that."
All in all, don't expect Brandon Williams to be in the purple and black next season. I'm sure Williams even knows that himself. Placing the franchise tag on him would be damaging for the team. As a matter of fact, they can't even do it to fellow free agent Rick Wagner because his projected tag number is expected to be $14 million compared to Williams $13.5 million. Williams has had to fight off the perception of being from a small school in Missouri only known for hand stands, to becoming one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL. Now, he will definitely be paid like one. Just not from the Ravens.