Mario 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. Now, according to multiple reports, a deal between he and the Buffalo Bills appears imminent.
The deal the Bills shell out for Williams is expected to be massive, and he will surely surpass the deal given to defensive end Julius Peppers in 2010 as he received a six year, $91.5-million dollar deal with $42 million guaranteed, which will make Mario the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.
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.
The Bills have scheduled a press conference for 1:30 eastern time today seemingly to officially announce the signing of Williams.