Sources: Free agent corner Darious Williams expected to leave Rams; Jaguars a strong contender

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darious Williams is expected to leave the team in free agency, with the Jacksonville Jaguars a strong contender.

The Los Angeles Rams are expected to lose starting cornerback Darious Williams in free agency, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. Where could the four-year pro end up playing in 2022?

Darious Williams expected to leave Los Angeles Rams

After three years with the Rams, it seems Williams may be on the move. According to sources, the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to have a strong interest in Williams, among other NFL teams. He could command an annual average salary of roughly $13 million, if not higher, per sources.

Williams formed a strong tandem with All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey over the past three years, winning the Super Bowl this season. In 2021, he recorded 71 tackles and 9 pass breakups.

Williams, 28, entered the league in 2018 as an undrafted free agent from UAB. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens but was later released before the Rams claimed him.

After joining the team toward the end of 2018, Williams saw rotational minutes in 2019. He flashed with 2 interceptions, 4 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown. The 2020 campaign was his breakout, thriving opposite Ramsey in the secondary. In 16 games (10 starts), Williams recorded 44 tackles, 14 pass deflections, and 4 INTs.

Yet, injuries, a full-time starter role, and increased targets led to a difficult 2021 for Williams. He didn’t record an interception and allowed over 60% of his target to be caught (sub-50% in 2020). Nevertheless, Williams has proven to be a valuable corner and shouldn’t have a shortage of suitors on the open market.

How would Williams impact the Jaguars?

In truth, the Jaguars need help at a lot of positions. However, cornerback is one of their bigger needs. 2020 No. 9 overall selection C.J. Henderson didn’t pan out and was shipped to the Panthers — along with a fifth-round pick — for TE Dan Arnold and a third-rounder.

Additionally, Tre Hernon and Nevin Lawson are free agents this offseason. Williams would instantly slot in as a starter with Shaquill Griffin and bring a proven commodity to the secondary. At 5’9″ and 187 pounds, he isn’t the biggest corner. However, Williams makes up for his stature with impressive technique.

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