Today the Raiders made it official, releasing defensive tackle Dan Williams after two seasons with the team.
Over those two seasons, Williams appeared in all 32 games.
The 6-2, 330-pound former Arizona Cardinal was signed prior to the 2015 season. He started the entire season and played quite well.
Last season he showed up for camp out of shape and seeing second team reps behind former fourth round pick Justin Ellis. Once the seasons started, he was part of a rotation at nose tackle and he found himself losing playing time as the season went on.
His dwindling playing time and $4.5 million cap hit this season with no dead money left behind, made his release an expected one.
Justin Ellis is now the team’s only true nose tackle entering the final season of his rookie contract. He too was only part of a constant rotation at the position which struggled to stop the run last season as well as offer little to no interior pass rush.
Expect the team to look at adding a defensive tackle in the draft to compete for the starting job as well as add much needed depth at the position.