Breaking News – Raiders Release DT Dan Williams
David Wilson – Apr 18, 2017
The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Dan Williams, who signed as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in 2015.
Williams played well during the first year of his contract, but was overweight and out of shape coming into camp in 2016. He started only 11 of 16 games, and lost his starting position in camp to third year player Justin Ellis.
Williams made a career low 11 tackles in 2016.
Cutting Williams saves the Raiders $4.6 million in cap space in 2017, with no dead money.
Reggie McKenzie is as ever, smart with his contracts.
It is interesting that Williams was cut very soon after the first off season workouts began, and the inference must be that Williams was once again out of shape, and the coaches were unhappy with his efforts to keep his weight down.
There is also the possibility that the Raiders are trying to clear some cap space to get a contract done with Marshawn Lynch.
The departure of Williams brings the state of Raiders defensive line sharply into focus nine days prior to the NFL draft. The D line was considered a priority prior to Williams release, and now it is almost a certainty that Oakland will draft a replacement between the 28th-30th of April.
In terms of drafting Williams successor, this draft is deep with good run stoppers at defensive tackle, and that is basically what Williams was.
Look for Oakland to draft such a player in the middle rounds.
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