In need of some defensive line help, the Dolphins added a pair of veteran bodies Wednesday in the form of Williams and Ziggy Hood. The duo should provide some depth for a defensive front that just lost the services of Vincent Taylor (foot) for the remainder of the season.
Williams was released by the Lions on Thursday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Williams joined the Lions in March and had been operating as a depth defensive tackle. He didn't see a single regular season snap with Detroit through the first seven weeks of the year. The Lions traded for Damon Harrison this week, and Williams release corresponded to make room at the position. Williams will look to catch on with another team yet this year.
The Lions needed help at defensive tackle after failing to re-sign veteran Haloti Ngata, who was a critical piece of the Detroit run defense the last three years. Williams should be in the mix to compete for the starting job Ngata left behind, where his current competition only seems to be Akeem Spence. However, there's certainly a chance the team adds more talent at defensive tackle through the draft or free agency.
Williams was released by the Titans on Saturday, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.
Signed to a three-year, $16.5 million contract last offseason, Williams made 11 starts in 15 games for the Titans, recording 20 tackles without a sack on 349 defensive snaps. The 2013 first-round pick has never lived up to his draft status, finishing with 29 or fewer tackles and three or fewer sacks in each of his five NFL seasons, despite playing at least 13 games each year. Williams will look to catch on elsewhere as a rotational lineman for early downs, while Austin Johnson could take on more snaps in Tennessee.
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