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Marcus Williams spurns New York Jets for Baltimore Ravens

The New York Jets had been rumored to be in hot pursuit of New Orleans Saints free agent safety Marcus Williams since the NFL’s legal tampering period opened on Monday afternoon. Williams remained on the open market heading into Monday night.

On Tuesday afternoon, Williams’ decision was finally announced – and he will not be coming to New York.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Williams has agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds that Williams’ deal includes $37 million guaranteed, including $31 million within the next year.

It appears that the Jets were indeed close to acquiring Williams. ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports that the Jets waited for Williams to bring his price down to a more reasonable number, but at that point, he decided to choose the Ravens.

The Jets will lose some battles like this one to more successful franchises until they become a sustainably successful organization themselves.

New York seemingly could have had Williams if they were willing to outbid Baltimore, but that’s not the way that general manager Joe Douglas plays the game. For better or worse, he has proven that he draws a line in the sand and will never cross it.

That approach will keep the Jets in a continuously healthy long-term cap situation but it will certainly lose them some bidding wars against more reputable franchises. Whether or not you agree with that strategy is a matter of personal preference, but it’s clear by now that this is how Douglas operates.

Williams, who turns 26 in September, is one of the best free safeties in the game. He has 15 interceptions and 38 passes defended in five career seasons. Over the past three seasons, Williams has only allowed four touchdown passes into his coverage across 48 games (including playoffs).

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Robert Papalia
Robert Papalia
6 months ago

It is tough to see but Douglas has kept to his beliefs. That said this draft coming up for the Jets will be a very important one.

6 months ago

Again he tried to low ball another prime safety and look what happened.