C. Williams could have trouble returning to Ravens

C. Williams could have trouble returning to Ravens
February 28, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Cornerback Cary Williams improved again this season, helping the secondary play better when the rest of the defense struggled at times. But since the Ravens have a bunch of other players they'll be looking to bring back, might this free agent's days in Baltimore be done?

That's what ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley wrote about on Thursday in his AFC North blog. He made the point that Williams became more of a play-maker this season, finishing with six interceptions -- including two in the playoffs -- and really coming up big at times. 

But Williams also allows a bunch of big plays. Hensley said that Pro Football Focus noted that Williams' six TDs allowed was tied for fifth-most in the NFL, and that opposing quarterbacks complete 65.7 percent of passes against him. That's some high numbers. 

The biggest problem for Williams finding a free-agent deal with the Ravens is that the team's got several other guys they need to re-sign. 

Joe Flacco, of course, is the biggest name of all. Hensley -- and others -- have talked several times about how the Ravens need to re-sign guys like Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe and others. Williams, even though he's certainly a much better player than he was before, is likely farther down on the Ravens' list, something many have already noted.

If Lardarius Webb comes back and Jimmy Smith keeps improving, the Ravens would have two good corners plus Corey Graham, who turned into a pleasant surprise this season. Letting Williams walk probably wouldn't thrill the Ravens, but they've got some depth at the position already and could draft another player there. 

It's the way of the world in today's NFL.