Texans free agent linebacker Mario Williams has agreed to terms on a contract with the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora says Williams’ deal with the Bills could be valued at six years, $96 million, with $50 million guaranteed. The Bills have scheduled a press conference for 1:45 ET (12:45 CT) to announce the deal.
Williams was the biggest defensive prize on the free agent market, and it seemed like a long shot for the Texans to re-sign him. Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair said Tuesday that the Texans wanted Williams but other teams did, too, and that the Texans were limited in what they could offer. The Bills were the first team Williams visited after free agency began on Tuesday afternoon, and it turns out he didn’t leave Buffalo without getting a deal done.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Williams had 53 sacks in six seasons with the Texans. He had five sacks in five games last season before suffering a season-ending pectoral injury. The Texans finished the season ranked No. 2 in defense with Connor Barwin and rookie Brooks Reed as their starting outside linebackers.
UPDATE: Bills CEO Russ Brandon has confirmed Williams’ signing via Twitter.
Tags: Bob McNair, Free agency, Mario Williams
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