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Dan Williams | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 330
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (26) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Raiders released NT Dan Williams.
The move creates $4.5 million in cap space and leaves behind no dead money. Signed to a "four-year, $25 million" contract in 2015, Williams was excellent in Year 1, but struggled both from a fitness and production standpoint last season. Williams' weight has always been a problem. He turns 30 in June. Someone will surely take a flier on Williams as a run plugger. Tue, Apr 18, 2017 04:58:00 PM

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Raiders NT Dan Williams has been working with the second-team defense behind Justin Ellis.

Last year's No. 8 defensive tackle in Pro Football Focus' ratings, Williams was a stud in run defense after signing a four-year, $25 million deal with the Raiders. It's believed he's been temporarily demoted because Williams reported to camp a bit out of shape and/or overweight. He's obviously still well-conditioned enough to practice. Williams should retake his starting job soon.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 09:34:00 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with NT Dan Williams, formerly of the Cardinals.

Williams had a hot market as a very underrated run-stuffing nose tackle. The Raiders opted for him to clog lanes in the middle of their defense instead of Terrance Knighton. Williams, the 26th overall pick in the 2010 draft, should slide in next to DT Antonio Smith, allowing Smith to push the pocket as a pass rusher. The Raiders also signed Saints castoff MLB Curtis Lofton on Wednesday.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 10:42:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Raiders are interested in free agent NT Dan Williams.

Williams would probably be a fallback option if the Raiders can't land coach Jack Del Rio favorite Terrance Knighton. Even without the Raiders, Williams is expected to have a healthy market as an above-average run-plugging nose.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 10:53:00 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes free agent DT Dan Williams is a good fit to replace free agent Terrance Knighton with the Broncos.

Knighton's likely exit will leave a big hole along Denver's defensive line. The Broncos will have several options in free agency and the draft to fill it, but Renck believes Williams is the "best-buy candidate." Williams graded out as a plus run stopper in 427 snaps with Arizona last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 09:39:00 AM

ESPN 980 Washington reports the Redskins are interested in free agent NT Dan Williams.

Williams, the No. 26 overall pick in the 2010 draft, played close to 500 snaps for Arizona last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall 3-4 nose tackle. He finished third among nose tackles in run defense. After cutting NT Barry Cofield, the Redskins are in the market for a new space-eater up front.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 09:55:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams (personal) will play and start Sunday's Week 5 game against the Panthers.

Williams' father was tragically killed in a car accident while driving from Memphis to New Orleans to watch his son play in Week 3. Williams understandably sat out that game and Week 4. "I'm doing a lot better," he said. "Anytime you lose a parent, it's definitely a tough loss."
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:56:00 AM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams (personal) will not play in Sunday's Week 4 game against the Bucs.

Williams' father was tragically killed in a car accident while driving to see his son play against the Saints last week. The funeral is this weekend.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams' father was killed in a car accident while driving to New Orleans to see his son play.

Williams is understandably not active Sunday in the wake of this horrific tragedy. His family lived in Memphis and often traveled to see him play for the Cardinals. Williams' mom and sister were also in the car. Their status is unknown.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints due to a personal matter.

Williams did not travel with the team and his status for Week 3 is now up in the air. If Williams can't go, the Cardinals will start Frostee Rucker at nose tackle. Second-year DT Alameda Ta’amu could also be active for the first time since being claimed on waivers.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 08:32:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams suffered a right ankle injury in Saturday's preseason game.

It not clear how long Williams will be sidelined, but he's managed to avoid a high-ankle sprain. David Carter and Frostee Rucker should see playing time with the first-team defense in his absence.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 02:38:00 AM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams suffered a sprained knee and ankle, but an MRI revealed no damage that requires surgery.

Williams will miss practices, but is expected to return in plenty of time to prepare for Week 1. David Carter has been Williams’ backup through camp, and Bruce Arians said DE/OLB Matt Shaughnessy also will practice at tackle.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians praised NT Dan Williams for his conditioning at Cardinals minicamp last week.

Williams has dealt with weight issues since entering the league in 2010, but is reportedly at an impressive 314 pounds. With the Cardinals moving to a new system under DC Todd Bowles, he could be asked to stay on the field more in passing situations. "Lost a ton of weight, looks fantastic," Arians said. "If he wants to rush the passer, he’s got to stay down at that weight."
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 10:49:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams checked into training camp at 314 pounds.

It's notable because Williams has struggled with weight and conditioning ever since the Cards took him 26th overall in 2010. With his broken arm healed and weight down, he has a stranglehold on the starting nose tackle gig. The Cardinals ranked 21st against the run last season.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:57:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams (arm) is expected to be at 100 percent for training camp.

Williams was outplayed by seventh-round rookie David Carter last season before breaking his arm in Week 11. The Cardinals appear confident that the 2010 first-round pick will show up to camp in shape. Set on the ends with Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett, the Cardinals need Williams to take a third-year leap in order to reach their potential on the defensive line.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 04:51:00 PM

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