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Ravens release OL Williams

The Baltimore Ravens announced the release of veteran offensive lineman Bobbie Williams Friday.

Williams, 36, signed a two-year, $2.9 million contract with the Ravens prior to last season. He was expected to fill the void at left guard created by Ben Grubbs' departure as a free agent, but he started just six games and didn't see any action on offense during the playoffs.

His release creates $800,000 in salary cap space for Baltimore, which is now around $12 million under the salary cap.

"We were fortunate to have a man like Bobbie Williams on the Ravens last season," Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "His contributions and significance to the team went far beyond his play on the field - and he responded on the field every time we called him. Bobbie is first-class in every way. You could not find anyone from the Ravens who got to know him this year who would say anything but good things about Bobbie. We thank him for helping us win the championship."

Added Ravens coach John Harbaugh: "Bobbie was a bigger part of the puzzle to win the Super Bowl than most people know. This is an outstanding person, and we loved having him on the Ravens. His maturity, leadership, practice habits and the way he played were all impressive for us. ... We are all better for having Bobbie on the Ravens for a season."

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