Defensive end/Outside linebacker Mario Williams turned down a massive amount of money from the Buffalo Bills to sign, instead choosing to keep that deal in his back pocket as he continues to meet with other NFL teams.
Williams, this years premier pass rush specialist, did not get franchised by the Houston Texans, the team that drafted him number one overall, as many around the league though that he would.
In 2011 Williams was converted from a 4-3 defensive end, where he totaled 48 sacks in five seasons, to a 3-4 outside linebacker once former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips took over as the Texans defensive coordinator.
He was off to a hot start, making five sacks in five games, before tearing his pectoral muscle and landing on the injured reserve list.
The Texans went on the win the AFC South division and reach the teams first ever post season appearance thanks to a potent offense and defense that ranked near the top of the league in virtually every statistical category.
Williams was not a part of this run, and given his large price tag, the Texans have already proven they don’t need him to be successful and certainly not for the mega-money he desires.
That doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t like him back as owner Bob McNair has said he would love to be able to re-sign Williams.
However, the Texans can’t give him the money he will afford on the open market.
We want Mario. We’d like to have him, McNair said Tuesday. Unfortunately, other people would like to have him, too. It depends on how much they’re willing to pay.
Buffalo was the first team to reach out to Williams and his team, and they desperately want him on the roster regardless of cost to help boost a woeful pass rush.
The Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, and the Tennessee Titans are just a few of the teams said to be interested in Williams.
Rumor has it that the Titans really want him, but are waiting to see what develops with Peyton Manning before attempting to pursue the Pro Bowler.
For now everyone is in wait and see mode.