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Cary Williams: 'I was worth more'


Cary Williams: 'I was worth more'

No one could ever accuse cornerback Cary Williams of not seeing the bigger picture.

The Ravens cornerback, who grew up in tough circumstances in the drug- and crime-infested Liberty City section of Miami, always has had his sights set above and beyond what's expected of him.

"I can't allow my circumstances to determine my future. … I never looked into that tunnel. I always looked outside of it," said Williams, 27, a seventh-round pick the Ravens nabbed from the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans. "I always had a broader scope on how life could be and the way I wanted my life to turn out.. I knew if I wanted to get out of those circumstances I had to do something different."

Williams is standing out alright. He's in a contract year, having rejected a three-year, $15 million from the Ravens before the season. He was slowed by hip surgery this summer and had to assume the role of No. 1 corner with the absence of Lardarius Webb to a knee ligament tear.

Now Williams, who earned a starting role in training camp for the first time in his fourth NFL season by beating out 2011 first-round pick Jimmy Smith, has come full circle. He has gone from not having an interception in his career to four which leads the AFC.

Williams has gotten the four picks in the Ravens' last five games. His first one, a 63-yard return for a touchdown, was the winning margin in a 23-16 win vs. the Cleveland Browns on Sept 27.

"Cary's so focused. People can say its the contract negotiation. People can say he's going into his last year, whatever … Everybody said things about him," safety Bernard Pollard said. "Everybody have dogged him. People have said all the crazy stuff. But nobody understands, he is his worst critic. We are his worst critic. ...

"Cary has gone through the surgeries and everything and Cary has bounced back."

In last week's road victory against the Browns, Williams intercepted Brandon Weeden on their first drive of the second half. He also made a spectacular return of 26 yards to advance the ball into Cleveland's territory.

Turning down Baltimore's before the season doesn't seem like a bad idea after all.

"I felt like I was worth more. I felt like I brought a lot to the table. A lot of guys that (are) third corners are worth more than that. … I felt like I deserved a little bit better," Williams. "Fifteen million dollars was a great deal. It's a wonderful opportunity. It's a humbling offer. It was a great offer.

"At the end of the day my scope has never been that small. I take that from days I grew up in Liberty City until today. I want to continue to get better, I want to continue to strive for more and achieve for greater things."

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?