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Cary Williams might have been the least popular player on the Ravens' roster. It seemed that every week he came under fire either for giving up big plays or for dumb penalties.
Williams is the kind of player who plays tough, even after the whistle has blown. This was demonstrated in the Super Bowl where Williams shoved a ref, a move that almost always warrants ejection.
There was some good in Williams' season, though, particularly when it came to interceptions. He led the team with four in the regular season, and he essentially clinched the AFC Championship win with his fourth-quarter interception of Tom Brady.
It's also worth noting that Williams stayed healthy and was the only Ravens' defensive starter to play in every single game. This especially came in handy during a season where Lardarius Webb, the Ravens' best corner, only played in six games before being lost with an ACL tear.
Webb should be back in 2013, though, and suddenly corner looks to be a position of strength for the Ravens again. Corey Graham has proven to be a great find from free agency last year, so he could start along with Webb. Both Chykie Brown and Jimmy Smith are decent backups, the latter finally making some great plays with his performance late in the Super Bowl.
Williams is a risky player, and even though the Ravens won a Super Bowl with him, they might just be better off without him. As one of the more high-profile corners in free agency this season, Williams could get a bigger payday elsewhere. The Ravens can afford to let him go and instead look to other corners to start for them.