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Raiders make it official with Dan Williams

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The Raiders continue to tie up loose ends as the roll out their official signings. The latest is the addition of defensive tackle Dan Williams. Williams is a nose tackle by trade which means he makes a living clogging up the running lanes up the middle.

Over his career, he has been more of a two-down rotation guy for the stout Arizona Cardinals defense. That is expected to be his role with Raiders second year defensive tackle Justin Ellis.

Here is his info per the Raiders press release:

Williams joins Oakland following a five-year stint with the Arizona Cardinals, where he played in 70 games with 40 starts. He totaled 116 tackles (63 solo), two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and seven passes defensed.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 315-pounder played in a career-high 16 games and started nine contests, setting a career high with 45 tackles as the Cardinals made the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

The Memphis, Tenn., native was originally selected by Arizona in the first round (26th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Tennessee. Williams started 32-of-45 games for the Volunteers and recorded 160 tackles and seven sacks. As a senior in 2009, he earned Associated Press All-SEC first-team honors after recording 70 tackles.