The Raiders signed former Cardinals nose tackle Dan Williams and former Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton on Wednesday according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.
Williams, the 26th-overall pick in the 2010 draft, is an underrated run-stuffing nose tackle and was a hot commodity on the free agent market. He should slide right into the Raiders’ starting lineup alongside DT Antonio Smith, allowing Smith to push the pocket as a pass rusher. Ultimately the Raiders opted to sign Williams over Terrance Knighton.
Lofton is not the most consistent middle linebacker in the league but only three other deffensive players made more tackles in the NFL in 2014. Lofton was also the signal-caller for the Saints defense and is expected to assume those duties in Oakland. Miles Burress will likely back him up at middle linebacker.