Will The Bucs Court Cary Williams?February 4th, 2013
Joe’s previously speculated that the Bucs might target multiple second-tier, starter-caliber cornerbacks when the free agency dinner bell rings in March, rather than go after a big fish, such as Brent Grimes.
Watching the Super Bowl yesterday, Joe wondered whether Ravens starting cornerback Cary Williams might be one of those guys.
Williams, 28, has been a two-year starter in Baltimore, working his way up the ranks after getting drafted in the seventh round by the Titans in 2008.
He’ll be an unrestricted free agent, and clearly the guy can play. And, to use the overused expression, “he knows what it looks like” when it comes to winning, physical football and high standards.
The Baltimore Sun has written a lot about how the Ravens are in salary cap hell, worsened yesterday by Joe Flacco’s performance. Baltimore likely will have to use the “exclusive” franchise tag to get Flacco back for 2013, a move that would cost them more than $20 million, so reported ProFootballTalk.com last week.
Williams was suspended for two games in 2010 for a secretive family matter when he was with the Titans, and the football world saw his fighting temper against the Niners yesterday. But Joe wouldn’t mind seeing the Bucs have a little more edge to them, assuming Bucs’ research on Williams doesn’t reveal a bad guy.
Regardless, Joe’s confident Eric Wright will be cut soon and the Bucs will be shopping for proven upgrades. Williams, a Florida native, definitely is a name to watch.