Report: Raiders sign NT Dan Williams
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Dan Williams has a new home: the Oakland Raiders.
ESPN.com Chicago Bears reporter Michael C. Wright was the first to report Williams moving onto the Raiders. Oakland has been pretty active so far on Wednesday, also signing linebacker Curtis Lofton, who was released by the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders had also shown some interest in defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, but pulled out once they landed Williams.
azcentral sports’ Cardinals insider Kent Somers came up with the particulars on Williams’ deal with the Raiders:
Dan Williams deal with Raiders avg around $6m per yr, $15m or so guaranteed. #azcardinals weren't paying that much for a NT
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) March 11, 2015
Williams got steadily better during his five years in Arizona, with 2014 being the best of them all. Williams used his 6-2, 330 pound frame to his advantage against opposing running backs, making it almost impossible for them to crack through the middle of the Cardinals’ defensive line.
Pro Football Focus had Williams ranked as the eighth best defensive tackle against the run last season, with 92-percent of his snaps coming on first or second down.
Williams will most likely line up next to defensive tackle Antonio Smith on the Raiders’ defensive line. It’ll let Smith do what he does best: rush the passer. Smith – also a former Cardinal – has 44.5 sacks in his career, but he only had three sacks in his first season in Oakland in 2014. He’ll be looking for more now with Williams by his side.
Williams played in 70 games [40 starts] in his five years with Arizona. He had 163 tackles, 2.0 sacks, nine passes defensed, one interception returned for a touchdown and one fumble recovery.
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