The Raiders announced the signings of defensive tackle Dan Williams and tight end Lee Smith on Wednesday. Williams spent the previous five years with the Cardinals, where he started 40 of the 70 games he played in. Williams totaled 116 tackles and two sacks. He recorded a single-season best 45 tackles a year ago. Smith spent the past four seasons with the Bills and is predominantly a blocking tight end. He was originally drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round in 2011 before being placed on waivers — which is how the Bills acquired him.
The Raiders have agreed to terms with nose tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton on Wednesday, reports Michael C. Wright of ESPN. The move takes Oakland out of the Terrance Knighton sweepstakes. Williams, 27, spent his first five years in the league with the Cardinals. He started nine of 16 games last season, registering 24 tackles and one sack. Lofton, 28, has started all but one of his first 112 games in the NFL. His three-year run with the Saints ends with 271 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles in 48 games.
The Raiders are hosting nose tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton on free-agent visits Tuesday, according to former NFL scout John Middlekauff. Williams has drawn interest from the Redskins and Giants, while Lofton was released Monday after the Saints were unable to find a trade partner.
The Redskins have expressed interest in nose tackle Dan Williams, ESPN.com reports. The Giants have also contacted Williams, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday. Williams rated 14th out of 81 defensive tackles in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus. He excelled in run defense, ranking eighth at the position against the run. The nose tackle recorded 31 total tackles and one sack last season.
The Cardinals have released their final injury report in preparation for their wild card matchup against the Panthers Saturday. Among those listed, quarterback Drew Stanton is out after not being able to practice all week. Coach Bruce Arians said earlier in the week if Stanton was able to practice for one of the three days, he would have been the starter. Others on the injury report include Jonathan Cooper (wrist/knee) and Dan Williams (foot) as questionable. Calais Campbell (hip), Larry Foote (knee), Tyrann Mathieu (thumb/hip), Frostee Rucker (ankle) and Lyle Sendlein (back) are considered probable.