Ravens release Bobbie Williams

The Ravens released veteran guard Bobbie Williams on Friday, which could end the career of the 36-year-old lineman.

This move saves the Ravens a modest $800,000 off their salary cap. The Ravens talked this offseason about wanting to play their young offensive linemen, and paying Williams $1.2 million this season obviously didn't fit into that plan.

The Ravens were extremely complimentary of Williams for his one season with the team. Williams has always been a popular player in the locker room, whether it was in Cincinnati or Baltimore.

“We were fortunate to have a man like Bobbie Williams on the Ravens last season,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. “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.”

Williams made six starts for the Ravens last season. He replaced Ramon Harewood at left guard a month into the season before being replaced by Jah Reid in the middle of the year.

After winning his first Super Bowl, Williams said he didn't plan to retire. He played eight seasons for the Bengals before joining Baltimore in 2012.

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