Nose tackle Brandon Williams was one of the more underrated free agents on the market, but the Ravens sure recognized the nose tackle’s talent, and to keep it. Williams has re-signed with the team on a five-year $54 million deal with $27.5 million guaranteed after establishing himself as one of the most dominant run-stuffing defensive linemen in the NFL.
The deal makes Williams the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL.
Williams, a 28-year-old nose tackle who spent four years with the Ravens, has quietly established himself as one of the NFL’s premiere run-stuffing interior linemen, tallying 157 tackles and 15 run stuffs over the first four years of his career.
The nose tackle’s talent often doesn’t appear on the box score, as Williams’ dominance has allowed teammates like Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil to rush from the edge while Williams at times has occupied multiple offensive linemen on certain plays.
Though he’s not a dominant pass-rusher, Williams’ run-stopping ability is still a highly coveted trait in today’s NFL. Damon Harrison signed a lucrative contract with the New York Giants last year after demonstrating an impressive ability as an enforcer in the Jets’ run defense.
Signing a deal in Baltimore, Williams is no different. The defensive tackle is a dominant player and, if used in the right role, will be able to shore up the Ravens’ run defense in a major way.