Retiring center Matt Birk won't be the only Ravens offensive linemen not returning to Baltimore next season. The Ravens released veteran guard Bobbie Williams on Friday. The move will save the team $800,000 in cap space, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Williams spent eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2004-11) before signing a two-year, $2.925 million deal with the Ravens last June. Williams started six regular season games in 2012 and saw action in all four of Baltimore's postseason games, including the Ravens 34-31 Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
"We were fortunate to have a man like Bobbie Williams on the Ravens last season," team vice president and general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "His contributions and significance to the team went far beyond his play on the field and he responded on the field every time we called him."
Despite losing his starting job, Williams never complained about his role on the team, "Bobbie was a bigger part of the puzzle to win the Super Bowl than most people know," coach John Harbaugh said. "His maturity, leadership, practice habits and the way he played were all impressive for us."
With Williams out the door, the Ravens are expected to have $12.263 million in cap space. Baltimore has 12 unrestricted free agents, including linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who the team hopes to sign before free agency begins on March 12.
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