Ravens sign Bobbie Williams

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The Ravens have added another player to the group competing to replace Ben Grubbs at left guard.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced Friday that the team has agreed in principle to a two-year contract with veteran guard Bobbie Williams. No financial terms were disclosed.

“Bobbie is a guy who has been in the league for a long time,” head coach John Harbaugh said in a release from the team. “We’ve played against him, and we like his style of play and his demeanor as a person and as a player. We’re excited to have him as a member of our team.”

Williams started his career with the Eagles as a second-round pick in 2000. He moved to the Bengals in 2004 and started all 118 games he played for them through last season. He missed the first four games while serving a suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. He started the next nine games and then missed the last three after going on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

The Ravens obviously feel confident that Williams has recovered from that injury. He has primarily played right guard in his career, but he’ll likely switch to the left sides to battle Jah Reid and rookie Kelechi Osemele for the starting job.

12 responses to “Ravens sign Bobbie Williams

  1. This seems more like a signing to address issues of depth rather than expecting him to start. I think either reid or osemele end up starting at left guard.

  2. Grubbs left a void, but this is a great pickup by Oz and Co. I still say the offense takes a step forward this season. Torrey Smith is going to be a beast this year. Keep on hating haters.

  3. As a Bengal fan, and having spent some time with Bobbie on a few occasions, I am not sure what he has left in the tank, but the guy is one hell of a class act and terrific locker room presence.

  4. Only RAVENATOR can take a signing this insignificant and make it sound like the second coming. How’s Torrey smith gonna get deep when people keep pouring through the huge gap at left tackle and smacking the best QB in the league silly!

  5. I hope Williams has enough class left to not stand on the sidelines during game 1 with the Bengals and tell the Defensive coordinator what the Bengals office was calling like the Ravens did with Willie Anderson several years ago.

    I am somewhat disappointed in that he was rehabbing just last week at Paul Brown Stadium. I am sure his welcome has ended there.

  6. This is just a move by the Ravens to get the inside info on the Bengals offensive playbook.

    As much as I like big Bobbie as a player, I don’t see him making the Ravens team.

  7. ravenscaps48 says:
    Jun 8, 2012 4:32 PM

    Oh, he’s been in the legue for the past 12 years, but if you watched football (specifically football in your own division) you’d know that. Also, the slam that Bengals take washed up players is over from Ravens fans. The Ravens have now taken TJ, Willie Anderson, and now Bobbie Williams all from the Bengals, ALL in the twilight of their careers.

  8. I really doubt he makes the team with Ried, Osemele, and Gradkowski all vying for playing time at LG. All under 24 years old and Williams is well into his 30’s, give the kids some time to play and learn the game.

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