The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in proposition with nose tackle Brandon Williams on a five-year contract, Team general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Thursday.
An agreement of $54 million over five seasons with a humongous $27.5 million in guarantees has been made, making Williams the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL history surpassing New York Giants’ Damon Harrison.
Kicking off his fifth NFL season, Williams has seen his entire career with Baltimore after being drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Playing in 55 games of which he made 46 starts, he holds a record of 158 tackles (97 solos), 4.5 sacks, three passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Last season, Williams kept on rising as one of the NFL’s top defensive linemen. He was pitched as the second alternate to the Pro Bowl after recording the third-most tackles (51) and second-most solo stops (34) among all NFL NTs. He helped Ravens’ defense with one sack and one pass defense that allowed the NFL’s fifth-fewest rushing yards (89.4 ypg). One of his best performance as a pro came in Week 7 at the New York Jets, when he made eight tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, and stopped a field goal attempt.
Moreover, in 2015, Williams recorded his career highs with 53 tackles (35 solos), two sacks and two passes defended, adding a forced fumble. He was one of four defensive tackles (Jurrell Casey, Kawann Short, and Ndamukong Suh) to record at least 30 solo tackles, two sacks and two passes defended on the season.
Since 2014 as a starter, the 6-1, 340-pound Williams has taken Ravens’ defensive line to new levels that has allowed just 93.8 rushing yards per game and was ranked third in the NFL in that season. And what is commendable that he has not missed a single game in the past three seasons (2014-16), and has started in 36-straight matchups.