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Bills want Mario Williams badly, making huge offer

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The Buffalo Bills are serious about Mario Williams, and they want to get a deal done now.

We already noted that the Bills are hosting Williams tonight, and that they’d like to get a deal done tonight, before the three other serious contenders for his services can get him to come to town. Now we have more information about the nature of the Bills’ offer.

Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reports that the Bills are doing all they can to get Williams to sign now, before he leaves Buffalo. The Bills want to make Williams the highest-paid defensive player in the league, with a deal better than the six-year, $91.5 million contract that Julius Peppers signed with the Bears in 2010. The Bills’ offer to Williams will apparently include more than $91.5 million in total money, more than the $40.5 million in the first three years that the Bears gave Peppers, and more than the $42 million guaranteed that the Bears gave Peppers.

Buffalo’s full-court press for Williams started with G.M. Buddy Nix and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt flying to North Carolina to pick Williams up, and Williams is now having dinner with Nix, Wannstedt, CEO Russ Brandon, head coach Chan Gailey and defensive tackle Kyle Williams. The whole gang will try to get Williams to sign tonight, or tomorrow morning at the latest.

The fact that Williams decided to start free agency with a visit to Buffalo strongly suggests that he’s very interested. Now the Bills need to close the deal.

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73 Responses to “Bills want Mario Williams badly, making huge offer”
  1. scottdragosnai says: Mar 13, 2012 7:35 PM

    He will lead the league in sacks being next to the best DL in the league IMO
    Scott Dragos NAI

  2. dlmcc1010 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    Thats a whole ton of money. Bills could really use him but I dont know. That just seems like a real ton of money for Williams. He is a really good player so I get it, its just alot I feel like they could get it done for less than Julius Peppers money

  3. hutch119 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    Dareus,Williams and Williams has the makings of a nasty DL

  4. sirdrinksalot says: Mar 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    I told you people. Super Mario to Buffalo. Williams, Williams, Dareus, Kelsay = Havoc.

  5. Thomas Sportsguy Brunt's Blog Post says: Mar 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    I don’t get why they’re making such a big deal out of him, I mean.. he hasn’t really done that much.. the Bills got to be carefull here.

  6. eessppnn says: Mar 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    Patriots are going to swoop in and do a Wallace deal and then their own.

  7. fitzmagicformvp says: Mar 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    GET THIS DEAL DONE BUFFALO!!!!

    He deserves all that money!!!!!!

  8. billsfan66 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    C’mon Bills get Super Mario under contract!!

  9. spytdi says: Mar 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    I hope he’s a Bill and not a Texan.
    Sincerely, Oilers fan

  10. besdayz says: Mar 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    Do it Bills.

    Pretty loud in the NFC so far.

    If any AFC teams feel like participating in free agency feel free to go ahead.

  11. pryor4heisman says: Mar 13, 2012 7:40 PM

    If he signs with them then you know he cares about money and not winning. The bills are a NOTHING organization. If he wants a ring he will sign with the Bears

  12. georgebrett says: Mar 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    Go play with the Raiders. 3 peat in no time.

  13. jonsey2028 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    Not happening

  14. rethinklogic says: Mar 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    I would need 40 million just to visit buffalo

  15. jimmysee says: Mar 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    As a Packers fan — I’d love to see Mario in Buffalo!

  16. eaglesfootballfan says: Mar 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    A better than 91.5 million contract. If Mario Williams gets that, he will be celebrating throughout the whole week.

  17. xxxfixxxerxxx says: Mar 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    Make it happen Buddy.

    Go Bills!

  18. emmac13 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    Nice to see Buffalo turn things around. Browns H&H are still sleeping.

  19. bvolke says: Mar 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    LET’S GO BUFFALO! One of the best D-lines in the league with Wililiams-Williams-Dareus-Kelsay

  20. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    Good for the Bills. There a team I always like to see do good, and hopefully he signs with them. I can see him putting up big numbers with the other pieces on that D-Line

  21. jakek2 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    My sources tell me that the Eagles are preparing to outbid the Bills and offer Williams a gillion dollar contract.

  22. skoobyfl says: Mar 13, 2012 7:43 PM

    I guess the Bills really would like to win one now, these types of actions show it.

  23. cjepp says: Mar 13, 2012 7:43 PM

    RW clearly has nothing to do with this. I am freaking out. I will be so freakin’ ecstatic if this happens tonight! GO BILLS!!!!!!

  24. 2mannings1cup says: Mar 13, 2012 7:43 PM

    This is exactly what keeps certain teams hovering around futility. Poor organization just throw money at players and just assume they will make their team better.
    Try maintaining and developing a legitimate roster. Have fun with that contract Buff.

  25. backindasaddle says: Mar 13, 2012 7:44 PM

    They want him to go kill Tom Brady.

  26. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:44 PM

    Kinda wanted him to at least talk to Seattle, but if they’d have to match or beat that price, forget it.

  27. smh35 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:44 PM

    Anyone think he can get a 9 figure deal? I’m talking, an Albert Haynesworth deal.

  28. mlp3180 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:44 PM

    “The fact that Williams decided to start free agency with a visit to Buffalo strongly suggests that he’s very interested.”

    I disagree. He knows that the Bills would have to offer more than anyone else initially, because they aren’t that formidable a team yet…essentially, they have to overpay to get good players in. Williams is a smart guy. Go to the team that will overpay first, to help establish the floor that you’re going to take when you visit those 3 other teams.

  29. jlorenz24 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:44 PM

    PLEASE BUDDY GET THIS DONE!!! We need our next Bruce Smith!!

  30. tropboi11 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:45 PM

    How could you turn that down?

  31. buffalose says: Mar 13, 2012 7:45 PM

    I never thought it would get this far.. im freaking out. make it happen 1bills dr.

  32. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:46 PM

    Wooooow overpay much??????

  33. thrasherm316 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:46 PM

    Like seeing my Bills actively looking to get a great player, but at what cost? We need players that can make it through a sixteen game season. Yes, I am looking at you Merriman.

  34. larrydavidstern says: Mar 13, 2012 7:46 PM

    Is any DL really worth that much? And isn’t Fitzpatrick still their QB? They aint winning a Superbowl with him anytime soon.

  35. rasta74 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    Go ahead buffalo butts..kill your cap in one swoop…lol

    Phins Fan..

  36. uschawk says: Mar 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    I’d like Seattle to get him but not at those numbers. Godspeed Super Mario…godspeed.

  37. Andee says: Mar 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    If Mario Williams’ Wikipedia is accurate, he seems to enjoy himself some guns. New York state is an awful place to live for a gun owner. Though anyone that serious about their guns would have them nice and legal, but we cannot discount that this is an NFL player we’re talking about here.

  38. gerard33 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    not a bills fan, but being from upstate NY i’d like to see buffalo fans catch a break for once and land a guy like this.

  39. misfit74 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    “The fact that Williams decided to start free agency with a visit to Buffalo strongly suggests that he’s very interested.”

    No, it suggests he wants a team that he actually wants to play for (see: not Bills) to open their checkbooks/drive up his price.

  40. seahawks4alltime says: Mar 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    Whatever the Giants offer you Williams, Seattle will beat it. We will offer you anything you want and then some.

  41. pats54 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:50 PM

    Throwing money at the problem is never going to solve it. The Bills need to build through the draft and get a good coach to make a winning team.

    Here is the Bill’s football cycle:

    They start off strong and get everyone’s hopes up.

    Teams figure them out and they drop to .500

    They finish the season losing more games than they won.

    Offseason comes around and they make some noise to re-energize their fanbase.

    Rinse, repeat.

  42. miller2012 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:51 PM

    Great player would make bills better just signing him

  43. rolisrgti06 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:52 PM

    Has anyone calculated how much he will make for every play he takes off?

  44. sketchydave says: Mar 13, 2012 7:52 PM

    My bills are doin it right, evaluate your young talent, add pieces, then third year fill in with free agents strong

    Can’t wait for more idiots to chime in on the Bills talking outta their a$$. Keep hatin, best fans in the game #BillsMafia til I die, sorry our economy in new york state is stellar.

  45. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 7:53 PM

    Oh, okay. We can’t have two DE making 40 million dollars on the same defensive line. If he asking that much Buffalo can take him.

  46. bigfing says: Mar 13, 2012 7:56 PM

    That would make Buffalo’s D Tough

  47. sfbla says: Mar 13, 2012 7:57 PM

    Super Mario, Kyle Williams, Dareus…
    Heck – you could even add little-ol’-me as the other DE and that’s pretty nasty. I hope One Bills Drive finds a way to get it done.

  48. frostbelt says: Mar 13, 2012 7:57 PM

    So around 15-16 million a year? Hot damn. It’s probably worth it. The Bills line is going to be more disruptive than the Giants and thats a good thing with Brady in the AFC EAST.

  49. PFTiswhatitis says: Mar 13, 2012 7:58 PM

    I hope he doesnt cave to the pressure. Hold out for a better city man.

  50. forthelove says: Mar 13, 2012 7:58 PM

    I find it interesting that the top three players of that draft class are all on different teams now. . And that the Texans were right to take Williams no. 1 overall.

  51. lapistola5 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:59 PM

    You can’t lead the league in sacks if you seem to be injury prone. How many full seasons has he played? If he stays healthy he is a monster for sure.

  52. tom62215 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:59 PM

    And the Bills will still lose 10 games.
    Clueless.

  53. markpfs says: Mar 13, 2012 8:00 PM

    okay if this does happen we get to see super mario square off against reggie bush twice a year. who would have thought two years ago that they would be playing for new teams.

  54. frostbelt says: Mar 13, 2012 8:00 PM

    Small city. Big time fans.

    Go Bills.

  55. majbobby says: Mar 13, 2012 8:00 PM

    This will make a nice D-Line that even Kelsay could make an impact from the LDE position. Go Bills.

  56. forthelove says: Mar 13, 2012 8:01 PM

    D lineman and DEs everywhere have got to be thanking the 2007 and 2011 Giants – they’ve shown what you can do with a hugely disruptive defensive front four.

  57. jpb1976 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:01 PM

    This would be a HUGE turning point in gaining respect back to Buffalo from around the entire league. C,mon Mario, it’ll be a blast!

  58. jacflash says: Mar 13, 2012 8:03 PM

    They really, really, really don’t want him to go to NE.

  59. imasturbate says: Mar 13, 2012 8:03 PM

    Single digit sacks the last three years injured the last two and your going to make him the highest paid defensive player. I’ll take Demarcus Ware, Suh, Suggs, Hiloti Nata, Patrick Willis, Revis, J.P.P. all over him. Not saying he doesnt have big upside but he’s no Reggie White….more hype than stats

  60. sschmiggles says: Mar 13, 2012 8:09 PM

    Smells like desperation to me.

  61. ballsohardu says: Mar 13, 2012 8:10 PM

    Wow. Kyle williams- marcell dareus- mario williams

    That is a hell of a defensive line. Who is the bills other DE ?

  62. buffbills916 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:13 PM

    Buffalo has a real shot here. Bears are out so if the check book opens up, dont see why Williams wouldn’t bite.

    He’s got a chance to play in a 4-3 and on a line that has some real talent that could do serious damage.

    Make it happen Buddy!!

  63. plum13sec says: Mar 13, 2012 8:15 PM

    Best D line in the league? i doubt that. mario williams will def help tho, i dont spose he liked standing up in the 34

  64. mgm36 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:24 PM

    91.5 million! wow. damn that’s alot of money. remember when the Texans were ripped apart for drafting him ahead of reggie bush and vince young? down here in houston all the longhorn fans were so pissed the Texans didn’t draft young. BTW whatever happened to vince young? and what did he score on his wunderlich? LOL

  65. sirdrinksalot says: Mar 13, 2012 8:26 PM

    pryor4heisman says: Mar 13, 2012 7:40 PM

    If he signs with them then you know he cares about money and not winning. The bills are a NOTHING organization. If he wants a ring he will sign with the Bears
    ___________________________________

    What exactly have the Bears done besides show the world how an offense can be so bad?

  66. TheWizard says: Mar 13, 2012 8:29 PM

    If any AFC teams feel like participating in free agency feel free to go ahead

    Belichick is too busy watching tape of rookie free agents he’ll sign after the draft.

    And still win the division.

  67. nflfollower says: Mar 13, 2012 8:33 PM

    Go get him Buffalo!! I don’t wanna see this cat in the NFC….only problem I can see is his injury history. Buyer beware on that front, but hey, he’s gonna get huge $$$ from somebody, may as well be Buffalo.

  68. nfl1818 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:45 PM

    and with the 27th pick, the New England Patriots draft OL . . . . .

  69. crazycane says: Mar 13, 2012 8:51 PM

    RUN MARIO RUN!! WANNSTACHE WOULD BE YOUR DC!!!

  70. jackshine says: Mar 13, 2012 8:57 PM

    Mario Williams is a guy the Bills should be going strong after.
    Teams that are in their position, tough division, playoff drought, small cold weather market, need to come strong to land a blue chip FA.

    While the Packer method should be a great blue print for Buffalo, Mario is a beast that is worth getting.

    Whoever is advising obviously made the right call to start up north and get Peppers money thrown at him. Its all in his hands now.

    I wouldnt mind to see him back in his home state of NC either.

  71. zonedogz says: Mar 13, 2012 9:02 PM

    If Buffalo signs Super Mario and still drafts a stud defensive player like Melvin Ingram or Courtney Upshaw their defense with Dareus , Kyle Williams et al. will be
    LIGHTS OUT!

  72. texasduffer says: Mar 14, 2012 5:25 PM

    did someone actually say that nys has a thriving economy?????? wow…..born and raised in buffalo….moved to houston five years ago(thank gawd)……williams is stupid to want to leave houston…….as long as they dont deal with injuries for a second season in a row…they are super bowl contenders……williams wants to leave …fine….use that money on someone else……i still support the bills …but at the end of the day…they always crash and burn…..now go drown your sorrows in a labbatt blue lol!

  73. ranman1 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:24 PM

    pryor4heisman,

    If the Bills are a NOTHING organization, then the Bears are a NEXT to nothing organization. Cut any drug dealers lately?

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