The Ravens said Friday that they've terminated the contract of veteran guard Bobbie Williams.
Williams has played 13 years in the NFL and played in 13 regular-season games last year. He started six games and also was in all four of the playoff games.
Even though his playing time went down as the season went on and especially after the coaches shook up the offensive line heading into the playoffs, the Ravens said some nice things about Williams, who turned out to be a positive influence in the locker room also.
“Bobbie was a bigger part of the puzzle to win the Super Bowl than most people know,” head coach John Harbaugh said in a press release.“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. To come in here for one season and fit the way he did says a lot about him. We are all better for having Bobbie on the Ravens for a season.”
When the Ravens made their moves and put Bryant McKinnie and Kelechi Osemele on the left side next to center Matt Birk, that kind of left Williams out of the starting lineup.
The offensive line had been inconsistent at times through the regular season, but these moves seemed to settle everything down. The line performed very well in the playoffs and was a big reason the offense fared so well and helped the team win a Super Bowl title.