Williams was released by the Raiders on Tuesday. Williams spent the past two seasons in Oakland, recording 65 tackles and 1.5 sacks through 32 games. The 29-year-old should attract the attention of at least a handful of teams as training camp nears.
Williams notched three tackles (two solo) during Saturday's loss to the Texans. Throughout 16 games during the regular season, Williams recorded a career-low 17 tackles to go along with 0.5 sacks and one pass defensed. He has two years remaining on his contract with Oakland, and will look to improve upon a disappointing season in 2017.
Williams (foot) is active for Saturday's game against the Colts. Williams was a late addition to the Raiders' injury report after being limited in Friday's practice, but he'll give it a go Saturday. His presence is especially important given that fellow interior lineman Stacy McGee (ankle) will not play.
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.