Ravens sign defensive lineman

The Baltimore Ravens continued to add veteran experience to its defensive front seven by signing Ben Williams. Williams was released in training camp last summer by the Dallas Cowboys. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996 after playing for the Shreveport Pirates (La.) in the Canadian Football League in 1994 and 1995.

Williams will wear No. 70 and is expected to play a little bit against the Detroit Lions in Friday's preseason opener, according to defensive line coach Rex Ryan. Williams is 6-foot-2, 287 pounds and is fairly mobile for his size.

In 2000, Williams was in camp with the Chicago Bears, but was relased.

In 1999, Williams was in camp with the Minnesota Vikings, but was cut and joined the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad. He played in three games.

In 1998, Williams played for the London Monarchs in NFL Europe, recording 31 tackles, 5.5 sacks and nine pass deflections. He worked on the Vikings' practice squad that year, recording two quarterback pressures and a special teams tackle.

In 1997, Williams played for the Arizona Cardinal before being cut and drafted first by the London Monarchs in the inaugural NFL Europe draft. He recorded 42 tackles with 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

In 1996, Williams was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was cut.

In 1995, Williams recorded 61 tackles with eight sacks and two fumble recoveries for Shreveport.

In 1994, he was named to the Eastern All-Star team of the CFL after compiling 46 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble recovery. He was nominated for CFL Defensive Player of the Year. Williams was out of football in 1992 and 1993.

In college, Williams finished second in school history with 13 sacks along with 183 tackles. As a senior, he recorded 97 tackles with six sacks to make the second-team All-Big Ten Conference team.

In high school in Humphreys, Mich., Williams was named his district's player of the year.

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