Bills Sign Mario Williams to Record Deal
It’s official—the Buffalo Bills finally signed the best defensive player in this year’s free agency class.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen via his Twitter account, the Bills will announce the signing of defensive end Mario Williams at a 1:30pm press conference. Williams–the first overall pick by the Houston Texans in 2006—was arguably second only to Peyton Manning as the biggest prize in free agency. After days of meetings and negotiations with the Bills, the two parties reached an agreement.
Per Adam Schefter via Twitter, the two sides agree to a six-yeal deal worth $100 million, with $50 million guaranteed.
Williams missed most of the 2011 season due to injury, but appears to be recovered and will be ready to play when the 2012 season begins. He will be an excellent addition to a Bills defense that finished 26th overall and 28th against the run last season.
The 27-year-old had previously played his entire six-year career with the Texans, being named both a two-time All-Pro (2007, 2008) and Pro Bowler (2008, 2009). He has totaled a career 53 sacks, including a Texans franchise-record 14 in 2007.