Williams, who has been in Kansas City since 2008, has seen his production and playing time dip in the past two seasons. He had 117 tackles in 2009 and started 13 games that season. In the past two seasons total, Williams, 31, had 37 tackles and didn’t start any games.
The Chiefs have plenty of salary-cap room, so this move was not made out of necessity, although it does save the team nearly $2 million. The main reason Williams was cut was the team simply decided he is no longer in its plans. The Chiefs will likely add linebackers in free agency and/or the draft.
In other AFC West news:
Denver coach John Fox said the Broncos never had a bounty program. Per the NFL’s mandate, Fox -- and every other head coach -- will review the subject. It has become an issue since the league announced the Saints had a bounty program from 2009-2011.
The Raiders announced they have hired Lamonte Wilson as their director of player engagement. He will assist players in off-field areas. He had a 14-year stint with the Chiefs in a similar role, ending in 2009.