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NFL Lines - Bills Sign Mario Williams

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 3/17/2012 2:20:09 PM

NFL Lines – Bills Sign Mario Williams

The Buffalo Bills have signed defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year deal worth a cool $96 million, including $50 million in guaranteed NFL lines money.

NFL Lines – To Win AFC Championship
New England Patriots 300
Houston Texans 425
Buffalo Bills 4000

Williams is joining a Buffalo defense that could really use his elite pass-rush skills. The Bills only recorded 27 sacks in 2010, and 29 last NFL lines season (but with 10 in one game). Indeed, this could be a franchise-changing moment for the Bills, who managed to get Mario Williams to ink a contract after three days of negotiations.

At 6'6'', 285-lbs, the two-time Pro Bowl star was drafted first overall in the 2006 NFL Lines Draft. Williams recorded 53 sacks in six seasons with the Texans. He only played five games last season due to an injury caused by a torn chest muscle, although he did record 5 sacks in his 5 games played. Williams has also averaged .74 sacks a game since his second year in the NFL. His consistent defensive play over the years has proven to his critics why he was chosen first overall in his draft, ahead of promising offensive stars like Reggie Bush and Vince Young.

Big Money
In fact, Williams' contract is testament to how much faith the Bills are putting in the young player. The $50 million guaranteed is the most ever for a defensive player, and is tied for second all-time with Sam Bradford's contract. Calvin Johnson, who signed his new deal last week, ranks first with $62 million in guaranteed money.

Focus on Defense
The Bills have recently invested much in developing their defense, as it seems that they will live or die by their defensive corps come next NFL lines fall. Apart from Mario Williams' $100 million deal, Kyle Williams was signed for $39 million and Marcell Dareus for $20.4 million. This Buffalo organization will have to get creative in terms of creating cap space, though their investment in strong defensive players should prove a good base for the team to build on. The Bills seem to be replicating the New York Giants' model, who demonstrated last NFL lines season that a strong defense can be the cornerstone of a Championship-winning team.

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