Sources reported that on Wednesday, as the Raiders continued to work reassembling their defensive ranks, the team agreed to contracts with both LB Curtis Lofton and DT Dan Williams, in moves that pay per head sportsbooks believe could prove to be very beneficial for the team.
Lofton agreed on a deal of three years, but the terms for Williams’ contract were not yet known.
On Tuesday, Oakland agreed to a contract with Malcolm Smith, former MVP of the Super Bowl, as the LB left the Seahawks so he could join the ranks of the Raiders, which this season will be led by Jack Del Rio, the team’s new coach.
Williams proved to be very dependable and consistent in the first four years that he played with the Cardinals. Lofton, who in 2014 was had the role of captain for the Saints, besides being their top tackler, was let go by New Orleans this week in a move of the team’s salary cap.
A 28-year-old Lofton had 144 tackles, which gave him a fourth placed ranking in the league.
Williams was struggling with problems regarding his weight in the initial years that he was playing with the Cardinals, but through the last couple of years, the player controlled it. But the playing time that Williams had did not reflect his performance, which got much better, as well as his decreased weight. In the last two years, the player had an average of 334 snaps, and in Week 9 he was able to record the second sack of his career against the Cowboys in Week 9.
Williams, 27-years-old, ended the time that he spent with the Cardinals having recorded 156 tackles, as in 2013 he helped Arizona get the first rushing defense, and in 2014 he had a ranking of 13th place.
Lofton is not known to be very dynamic, but pay per head sportsbooks saw that against the run, the LB always stood out. In the three years that he spent with New Orleans, the player never had fewer than 123 tackles, and in that time he was able to record four forced fumbles and three sacks. In the player’s career, which spans seven years, he was able to have an average of 126 tackles for each season played. He featured in every game, and was able to start in all of them save one during his year as a rookie, which was when he played with Atlanta in 2008.