Within the first 15 minutes of the Free Agency period the Buffalo Bills have owned the moment as they have already scheduled visits with top free agents Mario Williams (Houston) and Robert Meachem (New Orleans).
Williams is considered to be the #1 Free Agent in all of the NFL right now. He would surely command a huge deal and speculation has been rampant that it would be above 15 million dollars a year for 5-6 years. Now how much of that will end up being true? Who knows but the fact that he is coming to Buffalo is a huge first step for a franchise that absolutely must do something to change its culture.
Williams would easily fill the Bills biggest need which is for a pass rush threat in their new 43 front. Lining Williams up next to Marcel Dareus for the next 5-6 years should make Bills fan giddy and the fact that it would mean QB’s Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez would be looking up from the turf should allow us all to laugh maniacally.
Williams is huge but let’s not down play the role of Meachem in his visit. The Bills need speed on the outside and that’s what Meachem has plenty of. He has enough speed to get deep in a hurry and has to be accounted for at all times because of his big play ability.
Meachem should tell you all you need to know about the Bills being serious about making a splash. Why you may ask, and the answer is because they aren’t just targeting Mario and being content with it. They want to show him and us all that they are going to change the way we do things and the way the last 12 years have programmed us to think.
UPDATE: NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi confirm that the Bills are in the lead for Mario and says quote; “It would take Bills screwing up visit for him not to be a Bill.” -5:02 PM
UPDATE: PFT is reporting that three other teams are waiting to schedule visits with Mario Williams right now, further pointing how dire it is that Mario not leave Buffalo -5:03 PM
UPDATE: Meachem and Williams are both confirmed in Buffalo. -6:15 PM
UPDATE: Mario Williams will be having dinner tonight with Buddy Nix, Chan Gailey, Dave Wannstadt, and Kyle Williams, needless to say the Bills have put on the full court press -7:40 PM
UPDATE: Robert Meachem has other suitors in teams like St. Louis, and San Diego – 7:45 PM
UPDATE: Robert Meachem has joined Mario Williams and company for dinner in Buffalo -7:50 PM
UPDATE: According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR he has spoke to league sources and that the Bills are fully expected to sign both Williams and Meachem within the next 24 hours!
UPDATE: Dinner is over, Bills CEO Russ Brandon thanked the fans gathered and said it was a “Good Night for the Bills” no other comments were made. -10:24 PM
UPDATE: Per Jason La Canfora of NFLN Williams will NOT sign tonight and will take at least one other visit. He will stay in Buffalo tonight though.
UPDATE: Buffalo News Tim Graham says Mario was spotted leaving the medical center which would indicate he has take a physical. This is only a step in the process of offering him a deal but a very big one.
Stay safe Bills fans, and step away from the ledge!
Credit for these news tidbits goes to Evan Silva of Rotoworld, and Sal Capaccio of WGR.