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Brandon Williams | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 340
College: Missouri Southern State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (94) / BAL
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Ravens re-signed NT Brandon Williams to a five-year, $54 million contract.
Williams gets $27.5 million guaranteed and is now the league's highest-paid nose tackle. The Titans were making a push on Thursday, while the Giants were also linked to the big run-plugger inside. But Baltimore was able to lure Williams back into the fold after it looked very likely earlier this offseason that he was going to leave as a free agent. It's a huge keep for the Ravens' top-end run defense. Williams had a bit of a down year in 2016, but he's still just 28 and in his prime. Mar 9 - 8:43 PM

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ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports the Titans "may be" the Ravens' only competition for NT Brandon Williams.

The Ravens are reportedly making a strong push to re-sign Williams after losing RT Rick Wagner, but the Titans have considerably more cap space. Already loaded up front, Williams would be something of a luxury signing for the Titans, who need to find some help at cornerback above all else.
Source: ESPN
Mar 9 - 5:26 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Ravens and free agent NT Brandon Williams are "working diligently" on a new deal.

Williams was widely expected to bolt in free agency, but the Ravens may have upped their interest once RT Rick Wagner left for the Lions. It is still not a given Williams re-signs, however, and Rapoport reports "multiple teams" are attempting to line up visits. With Calais Campbell seemingly off the board, Williams is the best defensive lineman left on the market.
Mar 9 - 11:49 AM

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun passes along "rumblings" connecting free agent NT Brandon Williams to the Giants.

A 6-foot-1, 335-pound space eater, Williams would replace free agent Johnathan Hankins in New York and give the G-Men a mammoth interior alongside 6-foot-3, 339-pound Damon "Snacks" Harrison. Neither Williams nor Harrison is a high-impact pass rusher, but the Giants frequently rotate their defensive ends inside in sub-packages. Williams is expected to command around $10 million annually.
Mar 8 - 6:25 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes impending free agent NT Brandon Williams will "likely" sign elsewhere.

The Ravens have expressed a desire to re-up Williams, but it does not look like there has been any serious movement in contract negotiations. Perhaps Baltimore will let Williams set his price on the open market before coming in with a final offer, but players who reach the market usually end up signing somewhere else. Williams is Rotoworld's No. 2 available defensive lineman.
Source: ESPN
Mar 4 - 11:24 AM

Impending free agent NT Brandon Williams said his future is still "up in the air."

"If it so happens I feel like Baltimore is the best place for me, then I'll stay and we'll work it out from there," Williams said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "If not, and I feel it's right somewhere else and that's where I need to be, that's where I'll be." The Ravens have spoken openly about their desire to retain Williams, but these comments suggest there has been little if any movement on a new deal. At this point, Williams looks destined to hit the open market.
Source: ESPN
Feb 14 - 11:09 AM

Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta said the team has "to try to retain" impending free agent NT Brandon Williams.

"He’s an ‘A’ player for us," DeCosta said. "He’s a rock inside. This guy can stuff the run, he can rush the quarterback, he can do everything we want him to do." DeCosta is one of the most important decision makers in the Ravens' front office, so his thoughts on the matter carry a lot of weight. ESPN's Jamison Hensley believes Williams, who should be the top interior defender available once the Panthers tag Kawann Short, will get priced out of Baltimore's market, but these comments suggest the Ravens will be willing to pay top dollar to retain "one of our best defensive players."
Jan 28 - 9:43 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects impending free agent NT Brandon Williams to get a more lucrative contract offer elsewhere.

Williams is one of the top free agent interior defensive linemen set to hit the market. He'll turn 28 next month and could end up chasing the money with this possibly being his only shot to cash in during his career. Williams anchored the Ravens' No. 5-ranked DVOA run defense this season. He could be looking at a deal similar to what Damon Harrison got from the Giants.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 8:53 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes impending free agent NT Brandon Williams will be the Ravens' priority this offseason.

Baltimore's list of free agents includes RT Rick Wagner and FB Kyle Juszczyk, but Zrebiec writes Williams will be the main focus, which is a smart decision by the Ravens. That said, price could be an issue after Damon Harrison landed a five-year, $46.25-million deal with the Giants last offseason. If Williams wants that kind of money, the Ravens may be priced out of his market.
Jan 7 - 11:36 AM

The Baltimore Sun considers contract-year Ravens NT Brandon Williams a candidate for an extension.

GM Ozzie Newsome said Williams was "probably as good a nose tackle as there is in the league right now" last spring. He went on to dominate in 2015, finishing as Pro Football Focus' No. 3 run-stopping tackle. Newsome is among the most shrewd in the league at deciding which players to keep and which to let walk. He'll almost certainly tab Williams as a keeper.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 08:09:00 PM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said Brandon Williams is "probably as good a nose tackle as there is in the league right now."

Newsome finds stud defensive gems on an annual basis. Williams, a third-round pick out of D-II Missouri Southern State in 2013, started 15 games last year and dominated against the run. He finished with 48 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a half-sack while often drawing double teams.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 08:39:00 AM

Brandon Williams is listed as the starting nose tackle on the Ravens' first official depth chart.

Haloti Ngata is moving to three-technique, with Williams playing the two-gap "zero" in DC Dean Pees' scheme. Timmy Jernigan and Kapron Lewis-Moore are candidates to push Chris Canty at right end.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 04:17:00 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said second-year NT Brandon Williams has "looked really good" in OTAs.

"He's explosive, he's quick, but he's playing with fundamentals," Harbaugh said. "The amount of muscle he's packed on that frame is pretty incredible." With Haloti Ngata moving back to defensive end, Williams is competing with rookie Tim Jernigan at nose tackle. We suspect Baltimore's Week 1 defensive line will have Ngata and Chris Canty on the ends, with Williams at "zero" technique.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 05:45:00 PM

The Ravens are hoping second-year NT Brandon Williams steps into a starting role this season.

Williams played limited snaps as a rookie, but is locked into an expanded role following the loss of Arthur Jones. The Ravens will likely move Haloti Ngata to left end, with Williams getting the majority of starts at nose tackle.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 04:57:00 PM

ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley expects second-year NT Brandon Williams to get "significant playing time" this season.

Williams played just 93 defensive snaps as a rookie, but is a strong candidate for a starting job with Arthur Jones no longer in Baltimore. The Ravens could move Haloti Ngata to left end, allowing Williams to play nose tackle. Even if he doesn't start, Williams is expected to play a big role in the defensive rotation.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 02:57:00 PM

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