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Reports: Mario Williams signs with Bills

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 15, 2012 – 11:10 am

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.


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8 Responses to “Reports: Mario Williams signs with Bills”

  1. By Scott Thomas on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Mario proves it was ALWAYS all about the $$$ – so much for taking a man at his word!

  2. By Mark on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sucks to be you guys. Back to the cellar for the Texans. My Bills are where its at now.

  3. By skybottle1 on Mar 17, 2012 | Reply

    Mark, one person doesnt make a team!

  4. By J on Mar 17, 2012 | Reply

    Mark, our defense will kick ass again. Reeds and Barwin will get it done like they did last season. Good luck getting your team in the playoffs……

  5. By paul on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    seriously mark? texans have had more talk in the last 5 years than the bills have had in the last 20 years, go ahead and have him my money is he gets injured again, mario just proved he wasn’t loyal to the texans like he said he was

  6. By marvin story on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I had a gut feeling that he would pull a stunt like that. if you really looked at the play he was supposedly injured in I dont see it as a season ending injury. He,ll probably get a hang nail in buffalo and be out for the season. Connor Barwin is better than him anyway him and the long haired guy cant think of his name made a better duo than he did. You have to feel for buffalo. what a bunch of idiots paying that kind for a unproven talent. I hope he sucks.

  7. By marvin story on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    we’ll be a better team without him you watch and see. I hope we play buffalo this year here that would be awsome.

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