No. 4 Jaguars potential cap casualty in 2024: Darious Williams, CB
Cornerback Darious Williams got off to a slow start to his stint with the Jaguars. However, he's established himself as one of the most consistent players in their secondary. An undrafted free agent in 2018, Williams spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Rams before signing a three-year deal worth $30 million with Jacksonville in 2022. At the time, the Florida native had several offers but ultimately chose the Jags because he wanted to return home.
Williams began the 2022 season in the slot and didn't fare particularly well. He was much better once he replaced Shaquill Griffin in the boundaries. Although he didn't register an interception last year, his 16 passes defensed led the team.
Knowing Williams was a much better fit in the perimeter, he started this season opposite Tyson Campbell. While he's had a few mistakes in coverage, he's also made a couple huge plays. In Week 4, he had a crucial pick 6 that helped Jacksonville extend their lead over the Atlanta Falcons. He then made a key interception that would have placed the Buffalo Bills on the Jags' 6-yard line if it had been completed.
All things considered, Williams is everything the Jaguars bargained for. But the team's brass may face a cap crunch next offseason and releasing him would free up $10 million in space with just $500,000 in dead money. While he's been without a doubt a valuable member of their secondary, Jacksonville could move on from him if they think one of their young corners (e.g. Montaric Brown) is ready to step up.