The Baltimore Ravens allegedly signed great safety Marcus Williams, making a huge statement in free agency. Their first action during the free-agency period is a significant one.
Williams has signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Ravens, as first reported by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Notably, that falls far short of what most people anticipated the star safety to be paid.
It’s tough not to consider this a complete steal for Baltimore, even with the $37 million in guarantees. One of the top free agents on the market was signed by the Ravens.
They accomplished this without having to give him top dollar.
Once more, Eric DeCosta succeeds.
Some predicted that Williams would get a deal of more than $17 million per season. He was anticipated to revolutionize the safety market and maybe earn the biggest salary of any safety in football.
The Ravens found Williams to be all they were searching for and more. They not only cover that need, but they also add a real prototype free safety who can take over for Earl Thomas, who left the team a few years ago.
Marcus Williams is without a doubt the best safety the Ravens have had since Ed Reed, and that statement isn’t hyperbolic. He is that talented.
This is a home run signing for the Ravens when you consider those factors, along with his age and the incredibly low price.