Beginning today, teams can place the franchise tag on key free agents.
Teams have until March 1 to designate a franchise or transition player. There were 10 such tags used across the league last year, including on kicker
The Ravens have also previously used the tag on guard Wally Williams (1998), cornerback Chris McAlister (2003, 2004), outside linebacker
But will the Ravens use it this year?
Williams would reportedly carry a projected $13.5 million salary next season if he played under the one-year tag. That would give him the second-highest cap hit on the Ravens in 2017.
The Ravens have said they want to retain Williams because he’s a “rock” in the middle of their defense and a big reason why they’ve been so successful stopping the run. At 27 years old and coming off his third year as a starter, Williams is entering his prime.
Even if Baltimore doesn’t place the tag on Williams, it could still re-sign him before he hits the open market.
In the latest franchise tag projection from NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, Williams lands in the “Coin flips that land on ‘no tag’” category.