Ravens won’t tag Brandon Williams, hope to bring him back

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The Ravens won’t place the franchise tag on defensive tackle Brandon Williams, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Harbaugh said the Ravens hope they can still bring Williams back on a new deal. Free agency and the new league year begin next week, March 9.

Harbaugh said the Ravens have been “negotiating” with Williams and two other potential priority free agents, right tackle Rick Wagner and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Both Williams and Wagner rank in the top 25 on PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agents list.

Williams, who’s become one of the game’s best run-stuffing defensive tackles, figures to draw attention from multiple teams if the Ravens can’t keep him off the open market. Williams and Dontari Poe of the Chiefs, who also won’t be getting the franchise tag, figure to be the top options for teams looking for interior defensive help.

Williams said last month he was unsure about his future and understood that he might hit the open market.

9 responses to “Ravens won’t tag Brandon Williams, hope to bring him back

  1. one thing i appreciate about the ravens is they rarely use the tag..they know bandon will make much more than they can pay..so they let him go…he is a great guy and hell of a player..sad he will probably go..

  2. If a certain eternally crappy NFLNorth team that has more cap room than anyone else in the league (because they’re cheap and screw their loyal fans over) honestly wanted to REALLY contend, instead of just lying and saying they do but instead just rebuild their roster and coaches every other year, this would be a guy that team should look at. He’s young and very legit.

    …BUT THEY WON’T, and their fans know this more than anyone else. Those fans deserve better.

  3. I think Brandon is an essential piece of the Ravens D. I’m not saying to break the bank. But make him an offer he respects.

  4. marshmont says:
    Mar 1, 2017 11:45 AM
    one thing i appreciate about the ravens is they rarely use the tag..they know bandon will make much more than they can pay..so they let him go…he is a great guy and hell of a player..sad he will probably go..
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    It’s a good move and creates no ill will with the player. The only problem I see is if some team makes an offer that is only good while he’s in the room. In other words, they don’t give him a chance to take that offer back to Baltimore. That’s the same situation the Patriots are in with Hightower. It’s the right way to go.

  5. Funny you mention that finsphan. I heard that Miami was considering making him an offer. He’ll be cheaper than Olivier Vernon. Giants gave him 17 mil. I don’t see the Ravens paying Brandon more than 12 mil. if that. They do have Timmy Jernigan on the roster. Ravens are good at recycling at the DL position. I’m sure they will draft another one also. Possibly, there are other positions that need attention even if Brandon Williams is gone.

  6. Teams should be lining up to jump all over
    this guy once free agency officially starts.
    West coast would be a good destination.

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