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Redskins Free Agency Report: Sylvester Williams visiting Washington

The Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for a free agency visit

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This is from a recent ESPN report:

The Tennessee Titans are releasing nose tackle Sylvester Williams just one year after signing him to a three-year, $16.5 million deal. The Titans hoped Williams, 29, would adequately fill their void at nose tackle, but he didn’t make as many splash plays or command the double teams that they expected. Titans general manager Jon Robinson was willing to cut ties with his signing. Williams was content with the move.

Some more details from Bleacher Report:

Releasing him will result in $3,083,332 in cap savings and $2,583,334 in dead money, per Spotrac.

In his one season with the Titans, Williams started 11 of the 15 games he appeared in and registered 20 tackles.

The Broncos selected Williams with the No. 28 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft out of North Carolina, and he primarily acted as a starting nose tackle in Denver for his final three seasons with the team.

Williams’ cash earnings in 2017, according to Spotrac, were:

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked Williams 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th.

Williams is yet another player cut by his former team that the Redskins have looked at, apparently in an attempt to protect their potential compensatory picks.

The Redskins hosted Johnathan Hankins on Monday, but he reportedly left the facility without a deal. Hosting Williams may be a sign that a Hankins deal isn’t imminent.

The Redskins front office continues to pursue a big man for the middle of the defensive line.

Meanwhile, other free agents the Redskins have shown interest in this week include Pernell McPhee, who also visited the Redskins on Monday, and Junior Galette, who played with the Redskins last season.

Orlando Scandrick, former Cowboys CB, was signed to a contract yesterday.

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