The Baltimore Ravens are getting their huge run-stopper back.
Baltimore has re-signed defensive tackle, Brandon Williams to a 5-year/$54 million contract, which includes $27.5 million in guaranteed money.
We have reached an agreement in principle on a 5-year deal with DT Brandon Williams.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 10, 2017
The 28-year old was drafted by the Ravens in third round (94th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then, Williams has started 46 of the 48 games that he has played in.
Williams has been a key cog in a defense that finished ranked 5th in the NFL in rush defense (allowing only 89.4 yards per game).
Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus wrote about Williams’ prowess at the position, finishing third in defensive stops among nose tackles (38). He was also rated as Baltimore’s top defender.
“Another exceptional season in run defense for the Ravens’ former third-round pick; Williams has only graded negatively in run defense in six of 34 games over the last two seasons,” Stockwell wrote. “Williams’ best four games came in the first half of the year.”
Williams is an incredible fit for the Ravens in many experts’ opinions, including myself. (I just had to throw that joke in there. I am not an expert. As long as Williams is the run-stuffer that keeps the opposite team’s offensive running game in check, it allows for the Ravens to get more opportunities to score.
Another important note about Williams is that his work ethic is greatly detailed. Levi Payton of the Joplin Globe in Missouri wrote about the work that Williams put in just to be drafted. Now he will receive the payday that was expected for the past couple of seasons of work that he has put in:
An immense talent with tree-trunk arms and a bigger smile, Williams is the perfect role model for kids in this area. A Division I dreamer who instead landed at Division II Missouri Southern, Williams survived a threat to his career, and life, when complications from a back injury sidelined him and kept him out of action for his true sophomore campaign at MSSU.
He returned to the gridiron in 2010 and claimed his first of three All-American honors with the Lions. Three years later, after turning heads at the 2012 Senior Bowl, he overcame small town oversight when the Baltimore Ravens selected him in the third round, pick 94, of the 2013 NFL draft.
Congratulations to the big man in the middle of the Ravens resurgence on defense.