Williams a cap casualty candidate

Roland Williams' health and Doug Jolley's emergence could make him a June 1 cap move.

Salary cap maneuvers include but are not limited to the start of the free agency period in February.

            In addition to those transactions, there are the June 1 salary cap moves. While the Oakland Raiders do not always do the predictable thing, tight end Roland Williams is a strong candidate to be on that list.

            Williams tore one ligament completely and another partially in his left knee in the Raiders 24-0 shutout over Kansas City in the regular season finale. He had already been playing through torn ligaments in his big toe that would require surgery.

Williams' subsequent MRI exam revealed a complete tear of the medial collateral ligament and a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament. He was placed on injured reserve and did not play in the postseason.

If healthy, Williams is an outstanding blocker but has also dropped more passes than the Raiders anticipated in his two seasons since the team acquired him from St. Louis. Williams makes $2.033 million but his health and salary are not the only reasons that could make him expendable.

Doug Jolley, who was a rookie last season, became a vital part of the offense as the season progressed. The Raiders also drafted Teyo Johnson in the second round and possibly have Mondriel Fulcher, a seventh-round draft pick in 2000 returning.

The Raiders have never been averse to taking chances but given Williams' health and Jolley's emergence, the former may just be expendable.


Vince D'Adamo can be reached via e-mail at vdad7@yahoo.com

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