The Tennessee Titans reportedly released Sylvester Williams on Saturday, according to Titans insider Paul Kuharsky.
Williams spent one season with the Titans after a four-year stint with the Denver Broncos to begin his career.
Tennessee signed Williams to a three-year, $16.5 million contract last offseason. Releasing him will result in $3,083,332 in cap savings and $2,583,334 in dead money, per Spotrac.
Williams was due $5 million in base salary in 2018 – $1.25 million was already guaranteed. An additional $2.5 million would have been guaranteed, had Williams remained on the roster Sunday.
Williams was part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning team during the 2015 campaign.
In five NFL seasons, Williams has 114 tackles and six sacks, serving chiefly as a run stuffer who takes on multiple blockers.
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The 28th pick overall in 2013 by Denver, Williams spent his first four seasons with the Broncos where he started 48 games and had 5½ sacks with 94 tackles. Williams signed with Tennessee in March 2017 and started 11 of 15 games. He finished with four tackles for loss and three quarterback pressures with 26 tackles.
Releasing Williams could elevate Antwaun Woods into a starting role in Tennessee or make a nose tackle, such as Washington’s Vita Vea, a priority with the No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft if he is still on the board.
Williams, 6-foot-2, 313 pounds, is a bit undersized for the nose tackle position, which may have hurt his ability to get off blocks. The Titans finished fourth in run defense, and Williams played 32 percent of the defensive snaps (11 starts).
This move is particularly interesting because the Titans are expected to host Ndamukong Suh on a visit this weekend after leaving the Saints, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Suh played under Titans defensive line coach Terrell Williams in Miami for the past three years.
The Titans will now need to add more defensive line depth, but they had enough cap space to make the Suh move before releasing Williams and veteran defensive lineman Karl Klug this weekend.