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Cary Williams rejected a three-year, $15 million offer from the Ravens before the season, but he hopes the Feb. 3 Super Bowl isn’t his last game in purple and black.
In his second year as a starter, Williams has been one of coach John Harbaugh's most consistent performers on defense. He is one of just two to play and start in every game.
The Ravens don’t have a lot of room under the salary cap, but Williams has proven to be a valuable chip in the secondary. Lardarius Webb went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 6 and Williams has grown into the alpha role.
“All that stuff will play out when it plays out. … Win the Super Bowl. Right now that’s the main thing,” Williams said. “I’m a happy Raven and I want to be a happy Raven in the future.
“I’m not thinking about a contract, or thinking about how much money I’m going to get. I’m not even worried about that. I’m just focused on the ring.”
Williams tied Ed Reed for a team-high 4 interceptions during the regular season. He also has two in the playoffs, including an end-zone pick of Tom Brady in last week’s AFC championship game win vs. the New England Patriots.
Williams spent his first one-plus seasons with the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens nabbed him from their practice squad in 2009. He realizes that going elsewhere poses certain risks. He's comfortable with Baltimore.
“You don’t get this type of locker room anywhere else. I've been on another team besides this and the locker room wasn't as close-knit. It wasn't a family atmosphere,” Williams said. “We had a couple guys that were cool and things like that (in Tennessee) but it was nothing like this. This is unparalleled.”
Veterans such as Anquan Boldin (Cardinals), Vonta Leach (Packers/Texans) and Jacoby Jones (Texans) have spent time elsewhere on solid, competitive, playoff-contending teams. They explained to Williams what might be on the other side.
“Those guys think is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a Raven,” Williams said. “It’s great for everybody.”