Jaguars CB Darious Williams current contract labeled one of the 10 worst in the NFL

Jan 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams (31)
Jan 14, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams (31) / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerback Darious Williams was one of several players the Jacksonville Jaguars acquired during a spending spree last year. Although Williams went on to solidify the spot opposite Tyson Campbell last season, Alex Kay of Bleacher Report believes that Williams' play wasn't on par with the three-year deal contract worth $30 million he signed last offseason.

Kay included Williams on his list of the 10 worst contracts in the NFL right now, noting that he failed to register an interception and played at a replacement level after posting solid numbers for the Los Angeles Rams.

"Thus far, the signing hasn't been worth the expense. Although he appeared in every game and started 12 of them, Williams had a poor year for the Jags. He failed to record any interceptions for the second straight season and had just 53 tackles and 16 passes defenses despite seeing the field for over 80 percent of Jacksonville's defensive snaps. William's PFF grade was a replacement level of 61.4, dipping from the 65.3 he scored during his final season with the Rams and a far cry from the respectable marks of 80.0 and 78.9 he earned in 2019 and 2020 respectively."

Kay says that Williams' contract could look much better if he bounces back in 2023 but if he doesn't, the Jags could release him next year and leave just $50,000 in dead money. If he remains on the roster in 2024, he would count $10.5 million against the cap.

After going undrafted in 2018, Williams signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He was traded later that year to the Rams. The former UAB Blazer played 43 games with 26 starts and recorded six interceptions and 27 passes defensed during his four-year stint in LA.

Darious Williams has been a solid pickup for the Jaguars in 2022

You probably heard that cornerback was a need for the Jags throughout most of the offseason but Williams' play wasn't the reason why. It's true that Williams didn't fare well early in the 2022 season but that was mostly due to lining up in the slot. Once Shaquill Griffin was shut down for the year, Williams moved to the boundaries opposite Tyson Campbell, where he fared much better.

Also, Williams got torched against the Los Angeles Chargers, giving up six receptions on nine targets for a 66.7 percent completion rate allowed for 141 yards. However, he surrendered more than 50 yards in a game just once the rest of the way. In fact, the Flordia native finished the year strong, allowing six catches on 19 targets for 46 yards in the last five weeks of the year, so it's fair to say that he progressively grew comfortable in his role.

WIlliams should be even better in 2024. He will tentatively take the spot opposite Campbell from the beginning of the season and entering his second season in defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell's system, he should put up even better numbers.

While there's always a chance Williams will struggle in 2023, he should be able to play out his contract if he plays the way he did near the end of the season.

You won't probably see Williams making the Pro Bowl anytime soon but he's no slouch either. The bottom line is that he faltered early in the 2022 season but once he hit his stride, the Jacksonville Jaguars seemed pleased with his production and their investment.

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