Ravens terminate contract of veteran guard Bobbie Williams (updated)

Four days before the start of free agency, the Ravens have found one way to clear some cap room.

The team has decided to terminate the contract of veteran guard Bobbie Williams, according to The Sun.

Williams, 36, signed a two-year contract with Baltimore last June. He played in 13 games, starting six in 2012, his only season with the team. The Ravens have the flexibility to make such a move because they are well-stocked at guard with Marshal Yanda, Jah Reid, Kelechi Osemele and Ramon Harewood.

Cutting Williams will reportedly give the Ravens about $800,000 in cap space.

Update: The Ravens just announced the move, and included statements from general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh in the release.

“We were fortunate to have a man like Bobbie Williams on the Ravens last season,” Newsome stated. “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.”

Harbaugh praised the 13-year veteran for his under-the-radar contributions.

“Bobbie was a bigger part of the puzzle to win the Super Bowl than most people know,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “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.”