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Countdown to Week 1: No. 98, DT Brandon Williams

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NFL: Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

We’re now 98 days from watching the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns kickoff their 2020 season. That being said, it’s time to talk Day 98: Brandon Williams.

How Williams Became a Raven

Just like yesterday, we have a career Raven from day one. Williams is another defender who came to the Ravens via the NFL draft. In the 2013 NFL Draft, Williams was selected with the Ravens’ third-round pick (No. 94 overall). He was the fourth player to be drafted out of Missouri Southern University and the highest selected player in Missouri Southern football history.

Career as a Raven

Williams has suited up and played in 97 games for Baltimore. In that time, he’s become a fan favorite. Especially being known for his dance moves.

Going into his eighth year as a Raven, Williams is now one of the veterans. He’ll be in high demand, too, seeing as the Ravens front office has drafted three defensive tackles over the past two seasons. He won’t be the only veteran in the room as Baltimore did sign a couple defensive lineman to link up with Williams in the trenches.

Brandon Williams career stats

Player Games Played INT Passes Defended FF FR Sacks Combined Tackles TFL QB Hits
Player Games Played INT Passes Defended FF FR Sacks Combined Tackles TFL QB Hits
Brandon Williams 97 0 6 2 4 6.5 255 27 17

Contract info

Williams is on currently on year four of his five-year, $52.5 million contract which he signed back in March 2017. This season, his base salary comes to $9.25 million with his prorated bonus of $4.92 million. In total, his cap number comes to $14.42 million in 2020.

Outlook for 2020

I’m going to sound repetitive in this area because the Ravens are spending $121 million on defense in 2020. With that money they brought in trench reinforcements like Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe, who will either free up Williams to produce his best season in terms of pass-rushing or allow for Campbell and Wolfe to experience fewer double teams. Either way, I see Williams hitting his career best in sacks (2.0) and/or tackles for loss (nine).