JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars moved to strengthen the secondary in 2022 free agency.
They did so by adding a strong hometown tie.
Darious Williams, a fifth-year veteran cornerback who played the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, has agreed to terms to sign with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent. The Jaguars announced the agreement Wednesday at 4 p.m., the beginning of the 2022 League Year.
Williams, who played collegiately at Alabama-Birmingham, played at Creekside High School near Jacksonville.
Williams, 28, who originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a collegiate free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft, joined the Rams after playing one game with Baltimore as a rookie. He played 12 games for the Rams with three starts in 2019 before starting 23 games over the past two seasons.
Williams has 130 tackles with 27 passes defensed in four NFL seasons. He has six interceptions with a fumble recovery.
The Jaguars now have five cornerbacks on the roster: Williams, Shaq Griffin, Tyson Campbell, Brandon Rusnak and Chris Claybrooks. Nevin Lawson and Tre Herndon became free agents Wednesday.
Griffin, who signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks last offseason, started 14 games last season – all at outside corner. Campbell, a second-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, also started 14 games and emerged as a starting outside corner in the final three quarters of the season.
The Jaguars also on Wednesday announced they have agreed to terms with six other unrestricted free agents: Wide receiver Christian Kirk, offensive lineman Brandon Scherff, linebacker Foye Oluokun and defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi, wide receiver Zay Jones and tight end Evan Engram.