Former Bengals S Shawn Williams agrees to sign with Cardinals
Mar 29, 2021, 11:06 AM | Updated: 11:06 am
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Former Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams has agreed to join the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year deal, the team announced Monday.
Williams, 29, played under current Arizona defensive coordinator Vance Joseph in 2014-15, when Joseph led defensive backs for Cincinnati.
A 2013 third-round pick by the Bengals, Williams was an everyday starter in 2019 and posted 114 tackles with an interception and three passes defensed.
He was relegated to a backup safety and special teams role last year after the Bengals got younger by signing Vonn Bell.
Williams posted 16 tackles and a pass defensed over 13 games in 2020.
His addition gives the Cardinals a plug-and-play strong safety with size at 6-foot and 212 pounds. He joins All-Pro Budda Baker in the defensive backfield and could potentially vie for playing time.
Arizona’s lack of depth hit the team last year when now-third-year pro Jalen Thompson appeared in only five games due to a nagging ankle injury suffered in Week 1.
Third-year pro Deionte Thompson and backup Charles Washington are also back, while veteran backup Chris Banjo remains a free agent.