After a tumultuous three years in Baltimore, the inevitable has finally happened. The Ravens have cut Tim Williams. Williams, the former third-round pick out of Alabama, excited the fanbase after being drafted in 2017. The Nick Saban product had a solid career for the Crimson Tide, but off the field, concerns plagued his draft stock. There was an immense amount of hope surrounding Tim Williams in Baltimore, but that hope never crystallized on the field. Williams played in just eleven games over his first two seasons and recorded just two sacks. In 2019, Tim Williams played in all four of Baltimore’s games, but Williams failed to secure a sack, and his snap count began to dwindle as his impact on the field continued to be nonexistent.
Williams leaves his 2017 draft-mate, Tyus Bowser, on the roster. Bowser, like Williams, has also disappointed up until this year. Bowser could have been the one cut, but after head coach, John Harbaugh, said the pair needed to improve, Bowser actually did. He recorded a sack and two tackles in Baltimore’s loss to the Browns on Sunday, a performance that may have saved his job in Baltimore.
With Williams off the roster, the Ravens now have another open spot. Baltimore filled one of its open roster spots on Monday by signing L.J. Fort. The expected move is that Baltimore will add an outside linebacker/edge rusher to replace Williams. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Ravens worked out veteran edge rushers, Mason Foster, Vincent Rey, Josh Bynes, and Dekoda Watson. There has also been speculation that the Baltimore Ravens could call the Arizona Cardinals to inquire whether former Raven, Terrell Suggs is available to be traded for. The only issue with this is that Suggs voluntarily left the Ravens this offseason. He may not even want to return to Baltimore if given the opportunity. No matter who the Ravens end up signing, one thing is for certain. The defense needs change, and the Ravens are changing it.