Based off Chris Mortensen’s Tweet saying the Bills have signed Mario Williams and will announce at 1:30pm;
I can’t describe this feeling, I mean literally can’t describe it because there are no words only joy and elation. The last 36 hours have been a roller coaster of rumors, opinions, and what appears to be little fact from the national media. Finally it was announced today that the Bills and free agent DE Mario Williams have come to terms on a contract that will likely end up paying Williams more than any other defensive player makes in the NFL.
This bold “splash” by the Bills has a disenfranchised fan base re-energized and excited once again for Bills football. For a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 12 years this excitement is badly needed and should be viewed as only a good thing for the team, the fans, and the city.
So what are we getting in Mario Williams? Since Mario came into the league in 2006 he has accumulated 241 tackles, 53 sacks, and 11 forced fumbles. He is considered to be the premier pass rusher in the NFL and for a team that finished ranked 27th in the league last year in sacks this is the kind of a move that is badly needed.
You can immediately pencil Williams in as a starter at either DE position, he often switched his position on the line when Houston was in their 43 scheme. Not to mention that he is fresh out of a 34 scheme that saw him stand up and terrorize QB’s from the OLB spot. That kind of versatility would prove very valuable to Buffalo who already employ a DT tandem that is considered to be one of the best in the league.
It also gives the Bills more flexibility in the draft as they can take another DE as the board comes to them as opposed to having to reach to pick one at 10. This kind of strategy is Buddy Nix’s signature in terms of his drafts since coming to Buffalo. He likes to be in a situation where he can take the BPA and adding Williams and solving the Bills biggest need does just that for our draft.
We’ve already seen the questions raised about Williams, and the fact that has hasn’t played a full season in over two years or that he hasn’t hit double digit sacks in the last three years. Those are just nit picking points that serve no bearing on how to judge this signing or Mario himself.
This move should and will be celebrated as the potentially franchise changing move that it is. We all remember the glory days of the mid 90’s when the Bills made their historical run of Super Bowls, it what we’ve held on to for all these years of misery. While we aren’t quite ready to say that the Bills are back this move signals that the good times may not be too far away.
Plus who else can’t wait to see Mario plant Tom Brady into the turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium this winter?
We do want to give a big thank you and congrats to the local media guys who outshined the national insiders on this. Credit to Joe Buscaglia, Jeremy White and Sal Capaccio of WGR, Paul Peck of WIVB, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, and Jeff Russo of WKBW for the news and updates!
UPDATE: Contract numbers per Albert Breer of the NFLN are 6 years, 96 million with 50 guaranteed. The deal has the potential to reach 100 million overall.