The move saves the Raiders $4.5 million in salary cap space for 2017 and $5 million in cap space for 2018.
The Raiders now have an estimated $32.1 million in cap space, per ESPN Stats & Information, as they work on contract extensions for quarterback Derek Carr, defensive player of the year Khalil Mack and right guard Gabe Jackson. The team also is still in talks with retired running back Marshawn Lynch.
with offseason workouts beginning this week, the draft next week, needs still at interior pass rusher and inside linebacker,
Listed at 6-foot-2, 330 pounds, Williams, the Raiders’ candidate for NFL Man of the Year last season, reported to training camp last summer out of shape and his production dipped from 2015, when he signed a four-year, $25 million contract with $15.2 million in guaranteed money.
He played his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who selected him with the No. 26 overall pick of the 2010 draft out of Tennessee.
After starting 15 of 16 games for the Raiders in 2015, when he had a career-high 48 tackles with a sack, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed and three stuffs, Williams, who turns 30 in June, started 11 of 16 games last season and had a career-low 17 tackles, a half sack and a pass defensed.
The Raiders had a league-low 25 sacks last season, with Williams and Stacy McGee, who had 3.5 before departing for Washington in free agency, providing the only sacks from the defensive line’s interior.
With the draft scheduled for next week, the Raiders still have needs at interior pass rusher and inside linebacker.
On Monday, the Raiders re-signed restricted free agent defensive lineman Denico Autry and three exclusive rights free agents in tight end Gabe Holmes, offensive lineman Denver Kirkland and receiver Seth Roberts.