Cornerback Cary Williams may have played his last game with the Baltimore Ravens but at least he is going to leave town with a Super Bowl ring. Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go after the 23-year-old in free agency?
Williams is a solid defensive back and after his outstanding performances the last two seasons, it is very unlikely the Ravens will be able to keep him. There is no question general manager Ozzie Newsome will put the best deal on the table Baltimore can possibly offer but it may simply be not good enough. The Ravens, like most teams after winning the Super Bowl, are going to have contract issues. The fact is free agents will get bigger offers now that they are proven winners.
Williams is no different in this case. His age, talent and potential make up an outstanding cornerback that will be great for years to come. That means teams with money are going to flock to Williams to see just how much it will take to acquire the five-year player.
Many people inside the NFL believe he would be a perfect fit in Tampa Bay and considering the Buccaneers have plenty of money to spend in free agency, there is a good chance the deal could get done. Tampa Bay is in desperate need of solid defensive backs as Ronde Barber and Eric Wright could both be possibly leaving the team this year. The 38-year-old Barber may retire while Wright is expected to be released after failing a drug test for performance-enhancing drugs.
Enter Williams, who is considered to be one of the top free agent cornerbacks in the 2013 off-season. The Miami native has recorded 153 tackles, four interceptions (all this past season), two forced fumbles, one sack and one defensive touchdown over the past two years. His incredible performance in the 2012 postseason has only increased the hype, which means he is in for a big pay day.
Many teams will put in their two cents, but I believe the Buccaneers have no choice but to walk away with Williams on their side, and that makes them a dangerous team in the bidding war.