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Rams give CB Darious Williams the first-round tender

He probably won’t be going anywhere

NFL: DEC 20 Jets at Rams Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The LA Rams are determined to not lose cornerback Darious Williams. And if they do, it will come with hefty compensation. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Rams are extending a first round tender offer to Williams, the strongest possible move they could make with the restricted free agent short of a contract extension.

A new contract could still come next.

By giving Williams the first round tender, it will cost LA $4.766 million to retain him next season. If another team signs Williams in free agency, the Rams will have a chance to match their offer to retain him OR receive a first round pick from the signing team as compensation. That makes it highly unlikely that Williams will be headed anywhere.

Williams, who turns 28 TODAY, had 44 tackles, four interceptions, and 14 passes defensed in 2020. During his short stint as a starter in late 2019, Williams had two more interceptions, giving him six in only 13 career starts.