The LA Rams did the wise move by giving restricted free agent (RFA) defensive back Darious Willams a Qualifying First-Round Tender offer. While the LA Rams had several options, by making this decision, the team sent a clear message to their young secondary star. We want you around. Think of it this way…
If you were interviewing for a new job, would you be most impressed with a bus ticket, and train ticket, economy class ticket in a no-frills airline, or a first-class luxury treatment in an upscale airline? The Rams just shelled out for a first-class ticket to bring Darious Williams back for another year.
They were very wise to do so. In fact, even though some have asserted that a First-Round Qualifying Tender was overkill, let’s not lose sight of the fact that Darious Williams played incredibly well in 2020. How well did he play? Well, so glad you asked, as the experts over at Pro Football Focus just happen to have a wonder punch list of Williams statistical accomplishments:
Not bad for what amounts to his first year as the starting defensive back, eh?
Williams may not appear to be a big ole mauler defensive back at 5-foot-9 and 187-pounds. But don’t let that size fool you. He is the Yoda of the defensive secondary and is incredibly gifted at making up distance, timing his jumps, using his hands, and even at using the sidelines as another defender.