The defensive captain of the 2015 San Francisco 49ers was released with an injury settlement on Thursday.
Nose tackle Ian Williams went down with an ankle injury during the offseason and has been on the non-football injury list all season.
According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the Niners’ move was done to allow Williams to “earn a little more” for this campaign than if he remained on the reserve list.
Williams signed a one-year, $1 million contract in March.
Last year, when then-coach Jim Tomsula named him one of the leaders of the defense, Williams had his first, and only full season, logging 45 total tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
The 49ers have the worst run defense in the NFL and his absence, combined with the more recent injury to NaVorro Bowman, has plagued the team through its dubious campaign so far.