Wish you were still here: Cary Williams

Yes, I agree that Cary Williams should have been ejected from the Super Bowl for his shove of official Steve Stelljes.

The Ravens cornerback lost his head when the game was chippy. Touching an official is verboten, and you are supposed to get tossed for it.

Setting that aside. Williams is a quality player who was a solid part of a good effort in the secondary of the champion Ravens.

And he once belonged to Tennessee.

A seventh-round pick out of Washburn by the Titans in 2008, he played in five games in his first two seasons. But he was on the practice squad in 2009 and when the Ravens came calling, the Titans let Baltimore sign him away to their 53-man roster. Had Tennessee offered to promote him to its roster, odds are he would have chosen to stay.

David Climer of The Tennessean highlighted Williams as a difference between the Titans and Ravens. One team judged him expendable, the other saw him as valuable and we see which one just won a title.

Who were the corners on the 2009 Titans? Cortland Finnegan, Nick Harper, Vincent Fuller, Jason McCourty, Ryan Mouton were all on the roster that year and Rod Hood also spent time on the team.

Credit the Ravens, for sure, for seeing Williams as a talent.

Surely, though, they needed help with numbers at the position in a way the Titans didn’t at the time. And the Titans were hardly alone. I didn’t see anything in the year plus Williams was in Tennessee that suggested he would qualify as a good get.

Now he’s heading toward free agency, and whether the Ravens make him a bigger offer than the one he turned down before the season or he lands somewhere else, he’s a starting NFL corner for sure.

Had he stayed in Tennessee and developed in a similar fashion, he could have been playing outside opposite McCourty, at least in the nickel package, with Alterraun Verner working in the slot instead of Mouton or Coty Sensabaugh.