For the third time in a year, Cary Williams will become a free agent on March 9. The cornerback had an interesting 12 months, which led him to the Seattle Seahawks then to the Washington Redskins during the postseason, but the 31-year-old isn’t deterred by his latest obstacles.
“I think I’m a presence still out there,” Williams said. “I think people still respect who I am and what I can do. I think that speaks volume. I don’t think this season is going to define who I am, and it doesn’t define who I am. At the end of the day, it’s an adverse moment that I can get through. I’ve been through adversity several times before. Several years back, I wasn’t supposed to be at this point now in my career looking at where I came from. At the end of the day, I’m blessed. I’m honored to have this opportunity with the Redskins, and I look forward to my future.”
He had a brief stint with the Redskins. Very brief. We’re talking 12 snaps brief, on defense and special teams during the first-round playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. Washington signed Williams because they needed depth at cornerback after it placed rookie defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett on injured reserve. The Redskins looked for a veteran presence with playoff experience that could step in immediately, and Williams checked off on all their requirements. The eight-year veteran had played in 11 previous playoff games before joining Washington and won a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2012 season.
Before that, Williams was a street free agent. He signed a three-year deal worth $18 million with Seattle last year, but Williams was released in December after starting the first 10 games of the season. The former seventh round pick in 2008 said he enjoyed the short experience at Redskins Park and planned to work on himself – physically, mentally and spiritually – and his brand during the offseason prior to free agency.
“One thing about life is that it’s not going to be easy, ever,” Williams said. “It’s going to be some times where you’re going to face some adversity. You’re going to face those hard times, but you can’t ever get down. As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to continue to be me. I’m never going to get down on myself, I’m never going to feel negative about myself in any way because I’ve already accomplished so much in my life and done already so many great things that this is not something that’s going to define who I am – this season.
“At the end of the day, you determine as a human being what’s going to define you. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve been a strong-willed person. I’ve been a resilient person. I’ve been a fighter all my career. I’ve won big games, I’ve played in big games and I don’t fear the big moments.”