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Bills making big push to get Mario deal done

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The Bills’ effort to land defensive end Mario Williams has entered the critical phase.

Not regarded as the top candidate to land the first pick in the 2006 draft when Williams arrived on Tuesday for the first free-agent visit of his career, the Bills have managed to put themselves into position to get the deal done.

It hasn’t been easy.  So far, the Bills have played it right.  Late Wednesday afternoon, the Bills persuaded Williams and his fiancee to scrap a plan to leave Wednesday night unless a deal was done.  And Williams will indeed stay the night.

But while Williams supposedly is attending the Buffalo Sabres’ hockey game, a source with knowledge of the situation says that negotiations on a contract are moving toward some sort of a conclusion, good or bad.  If the Bills truly want him (and they truly do) it won’t be cheap; Julius Peppers set the market for defensive ends two years ago at $15 million per year.  It may take more than that to get Williams.

Meanwhile, the so-called Bills Mafia is getting antsy.  Fans were waiting outside the team’s facility on Wednesday.  And for good reason.  As our NBC colleague and rabid Bills fan Luke Russert observed last night via email, landing Williams would become tangible proof that things are changing.

Thus, it’s believed that the Bills persuaded Williams to stay another night in part because the organization is feeling the pressure to get this done.  And it’s also believed that, by committing publicly to their fans that Williams will be back at the team’s facility on Thursday, they have no choice but to get the deal done.

In the end, there’s a very good chance the deal won’t get done at this point only if Williams decides after two days and two nights in Western New York that he doesn’t want to live and work there.

Don’t be surprised if the team ultimately makes Williams an offer that he can’t refuse.

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79 Responses to “Bills making big push to get Mario deal done”
  1. 1buckeye76 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:56 PM

    Mario – someone else has to be calling you. give it a few days, take a look around before you exile yourself to buffalo… just a thought.

  2. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:57 PM

    you tried to tell us he was leaving..this time you’re actually right. GOBILLS

  3. escoboltsfan says: Mar 14, 2012 8:57 PM

    Christ and a half! False imprisonment over heeeeyah.

  4. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 14, 2012 8:57 PM

    Lol bless their heart

  5. gmsalpha says: Mar 14, 2012 8:58 PM

    Breaking news: Mario Williams owns 49% of the Bills.

  6. namestim says: Mar 14, 2012 9:00 PM

    I’m betting they offer him $133 Million over 7-8 years. That’s a little more than Calvin Johnson got for just as young a player at a more premiere position…

  7. cantankerous503 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:00 PM

    Please just sign the deal Mario. That would be one hell of a D-line with Mario, Dareus, Kyle, and whoever!

  8. khuxford says: Mar 14, 2012 9:00 PM

    As a Jets fan, I don’t want to see this happen. As a football fan, I’d kinda like to see the faithful Bills fans get rewarded by seeing their team swing for the fences.

  9. bobothegreatest says: Mar 14, 2012 9:00 PM

    Mr. Williams seems to like BILL$ as much as Ralph.

    Ralph has to be spinning on his good hip….

  10. katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 14, 2012 9:01 PM

    Good luck in Buffalo, Mario. Other than the crap weather, ugly women, idiot fans, and ex HOF killer RB’s, it’s a great place to be.

  11. dennis2488 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:03 PM

    i dont think id play in buffalo for 130 million dollars

  12. butkismyditka says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 PM

    Just hop on a Jet bound for Ohare already! Amobi already told you whats up!

  13. kate773 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 PM

    I could not imagine living so far north. You get like 5 weeks of nice weather. No thanks.

  14. ballsohardu says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 PM

    Good for them. Thought stevie johnson was gone. Now this?

    Bills are definitely showing they are serious…

  15. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 PM

    The Bills are that desperate chick of free agency.

  16. cuzz4169 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 PM

    I live 20 mins from buffalo don’t do it!! s h i t hole!!!

  17. rpna42 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:06 PM

    I try to get out but they keep pulling me back in……. Sign him already!!!

  18. scottdragosnai says: Mar 14, 2012 9:06 PM

    Boy is a game changer, Pats are missing the boat

    Scott Dragos NAI

  19. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2012 9:07 PM

    I gotta give it up for Bills fans, they really do deserve some good things to come their way. Good passionate fan base. Just like us Philly boys.

  20. tomcous says: Mar 14, 2012 9:08 PM

    Buffalo is far from exile … and quite a distance from being the scourge of the cities in the U.S. …

    “In the end, there’s a very good chance the deal won’t get done at this point only if Williams decides after two days and two nights in Western New York that he doesn’t want to live and work there.”

    Why mock? … where did you come from? … oh …

    Childish antics to get traffic … and why?!? … because the people of WNY and others who grew up there will actually be passionate in response …

  21. mxyoung says: Mar 14, 2012 9:09 PM

    katrinasafterbirth says:
    Mar 14, 2012 9:01 PM
    Good luck in Buffalo, Mario. Other than the crap weather, ugly women, idiot fans, and ex HOF killer RB’s, it’s a great place to be.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ugly women? clearly you don’t get laid enough. and you’ve obviously have never stepped foot inside buffalo or you would know there are plenty of beautiful women…. Toolbag

  22. namestim says: Mar 14, 2012 9:10 PM

    I wanna see someone try to run the football on the Bills next season…Christ. Should be a good laugh.

  23. steviemo says: Mar 14, 2012 9:11 PM

    Who the hell would want to live in Buffalo? LOL.

  24. lolb23 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:11 PM

    Mario seems like a nice guy afraid to tell the Bills “thanks, but no thanks.”

  25. detroitcityryda says: Mar 14, 2012 9:12 PM

    Man they treating this guy like he’s the best free agent ever is it real tgat bad of a place that the guy is taking 3 days to decide .once he gets his money he’l get lazy and hold the knife to bills throat then they will have no choice but to trade him like redskins and haynesworth .

  26. tropboi11 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:12 PM

    I’m not a Bills fan but I hope he signs with them, they need a high profile pickup so the fans can be happy and he will improve the team and Mario will be the highest paid DE in the league, go get em Bills coming from a Bucs fan

  27. gshfootball says: Mar 14, 2012 9:13 PM

    Dang, false imprisonment is absolutely right. I wonder if the owner has literally been on his knees begging for him to just sign. Sounds to me that the Williams camp really needs to put their foot down and say this is how it’s going to be. Were leaving here tomorrow morning and we are going to visit some other teams and we’ll let you know. It’s not like their offer will change.

  28. texans87 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:13 PM

    He was stuck on a losing team for the first four years of his career, I hope he sees the direction his home team is headed before signing on with another losing team for the next four( bills, jags, ……)

  29. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2012 9:14 PM

    I would tack on a million for every extra day in Buffalo. And I’m a New Yorker.

  30. spytdi says: Mar 14, 2012 9:15 PM

    katrinasafterbirth says:
    Mar 14, 2012 9:01 PM
    Good luck in Buffalo, Mario. Other than the crap weather, ugly women, idiot fans, and ex HOF killer RB’s, it’s a great place to be.

    What a dick. I wouldn’t move there, but some people like it. You have my permission to rid us of your life.

  31. rcali says: Mar 14, 2012 9:17 PM

    I’m sorry, if he’s going to Buffalo it will be about the money. I know, I know, thumbs down from Buffalo fans who are really mad at themselves for still living there.

  32. phillyphil005 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:20 PM

    Push it, OBD…push it REAL GOOD!

  33. megamite1972 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:20 PM

    Jeez, at this point I’d be willing to put his face on the helmet and be called the Buffalo Wills. Just get it done, OBD!

  34. luponatrix says: Mar 14, 2012 9:21 PM

    While he’s waiting for the deal to be worked out, does anybody know if Williams can kill penalties?

  35. klutch14u says: Mar 14, 2012 9:21 PM

    I don’t care about the Bills one way or the other but I’d LMAO if he’s wasted their time the past couple of days since it appears they have all their eggs in one basket here.

    Same goes for Denver and Manning

  36. vikescry1 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:21 PM

    good luck bills, i hope it works out for you. as a long time packers fan i understand what it’s like to have free agents not want to come and play for your team. but to be honest with you i prefer the tt way. draft and keep the best players.

  37. frostbelt says: Mar 14, 2012 9:22 PM

    Good luck in Buffalo, Mario. Other than the crap weather, ugly women, idiot fans, and ex HOF killer RB’s, it’s a great place to be.

    _________________________________

    Obviously you’ve never lived in Buffalo. The weather is perfect here (unless you’re a wuss which I’m assuming you are). The women are actually beautiful – we get alot of Canucks in Buffalo! The fans are hardcore… if thats what you mean by “idiots”. Trust me… I’ve been to Cinci, Jacksonville and St. Louis – now those are some idiotic fans.

    Buffalo is a party zone – clubs open until 5am legally, next to Niagara Falls and has some of the best food in the country.

  38. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 14, 2012 9:23 PM

    They’ll still be second fiddle to New England.

  39. Steven Coppola says: Mar 14, 2012 9:24 PM

    Wow @katrinasafterbirth that’s harsh. The women of Buffalo are a hot sassy bunch that might come after you for that. The Bills are going all in, and they should! Buffalo and the rest of the league needs a game in January in Buffalo. Even though everyone tries, you can’t keep Buffalo down long.

  40. laxcoach37 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:25 PM

    He’s not coming back. It easier to say No when you don’t have to look in their eyes. He realized he was in….. well Buffalo! His Girlfriend was like ” Mario, I don’t see any Nightlife, decent Restaurants, Palm Trees, Designer Boutiques and what be up with 28 feet of Snow?” ( oh no you di’nt badmouth the Anchor Bar) Joking aside, he is solid, but he averages less tha 40 Tackles and is only good for about 7 sacks. The Texans D made him appear better, Buffalo D won’t.

  41. jolink653 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:26 PM

    is it even worth it for the bills to sign him? i know he’s a good player and all but for the money they’re likely going to have to pay him i think it would be better to spread it out since they do have holes in other parts of their team that need to be fixed

  42. jacobslatter says: Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    Mr. Mario Williams sir I gots just two words for ya: prenuptial agreement. (trust me)

  43. caseyanthonymunoz says: Mar 14, 2012 9:30 PM

    Can they get T.O. to give them the key to the city back? Maybe that will convince Mario to play in America’s Toilet.

  44. sirdrinksalot says: Mar 14, 2012 9:31 PM

    katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 14, 2012 9:01 PM

    Good luck in Buffalo, Mario. Other than the crap weather, ugly women, idiot fans, and ex HOF killer RB’s, it’s a great place to be.

    How are those women in New Orleans? Do you guys enjoy kicking footballs between the spaces in their front teeth? How was your city after a hurricane swallowed it whole? I don’t know about you but I’ve never been homeless in Buffalo.

  45. runningthebills says: Mar 14, 2012 9:32 PM

    Someone in Ohio tries to put down ANYPLACE? Please.

  46. billsmafia509 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:32 PM

    This would be Goodells definition of paradoy

  47. texans87 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:34 PM

    Mario was stuck on a losing team for the first four years of his career, I hope he sees the direction his home team is headed before signing on with another losing team for the next four( bills, jags, ……)

  48. staffordsyear says: Mar 14, 2012 9:36 PM

    Sign it!

  49. 12thmanhawks says: Mar 14, 2012 9:40 PM

    I told ya bills fans You aint gonna get super mario…..try Luigi instead lol lol

  50. flbills says: Mar 14, 2012 9:41 PM

    Mario is here to stay! BILLS will aquire the next all-time sacke leader. MMAARRIIO!
    Welcome to Buffako!

  51. andrewfbrowne says: Mar 14, 2012 9:41 PM

    Word out of Buffalo is that they are trying to make him the highest paid defensive player in the league, maybe in NFL history, and that has not been enough. You have to feel for a franchise that has to go through that many hoops to sign a guy.

    I mean seriously, what else do they have to do? I know taxes in NY suck and the snow upstate is a bit tough, but it has to be more than that. What a mountain to climb.

    I seriously hope they sign him. I have a soft spot in my heart for underdogs.

  52. yanksbills says: Mar 14, 2012 9:41 PM

    There is an obvious reason many have overlooked.

    The Buffalo International Airport flight crew has run out of de-icing fluid and no planes will be cleared for take-off until this safety measure has been attended to.

    Oh, um, low of 47 tonight? Still…

  53. pudgalvin says: Mar 14, 2012 9:43 PM

    Love to see him playing opposite Peppers next year, but to me, there’s something noble about going to Buffalo and playing. I know he’s still getting a boatload of money, but right now he’s the anti-dwight howard.

  54. pftbillsfan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:43 PM

    I love people from New Orleans knocking Buffalo on here, that makes sense. You guys were great pre Drew Brees. Or wait…..

  55. tomcous says: Mar 14, 2012 9:45 PM

    @khuxford says:
    Mar 14, 2012 9:00 PM
    As a Jets fan, I don’t want to see this happen. As a football fan, I’d kinda like to see the faithful Bills fans get rewarded by seeing their team swing for the fences.

    ———————

    Love the angle as a football fan …
    Now think of this … Brady pancakes! … LOL
    … and there ya have it … division rivals, lovin’ the game of football

  56. dionoil says: Mar 14, 2012 9:46 PM

    Anyone else get the feeling that he’s been kidnapped?

  57. whitemike55 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:47 PM

    Bills fans are getting played. Mario is CLEARLY waiting on Manning. IF Manning signs with Titans, Mario will be a Bill. IF Manning goes to Denver, Titans will be signing Mario.

    Seriously? What else could he be waiting on? He knows its a ton of money, but his Fiance is in his other ear saying I don’t want to live here.

    Just a realist and outsiders view.

  58. azheat says: Mar 14, 2012 9:49 PM

    Buffalo HAS to have the cash to get this done.

    Who else in Buffalo has a BIG contract besides the Harvard grad?

    Besides I would love to see Super Mario vs. Jake Long twice a year.

  59. ghostofgilchrist says: Mar 14, 2012 9:52 PM

    “Other than the crap weather, ugly women, idiot fans, and ex HOF killer RB’s, it’s a great place to be”

    McGahee managed to find three women that looked good enough to knock up.

  60. sirdrinksalot says: Mar 14, 2012 9:58 PM

    @ Bills fans, Mario Williams was at my hotel, The Mansion, in Buffalo but checked out early tonight! Hope not a bad sign.

    good bye mario. i wish you would have signed with the Bills. Now i hate you more than Tom Brady.

  61. naptownwarrior says: Mar 14, 2012 9:59 PM

    a good selling point for buffalo is that mario williams can easily cross the border into canada and get his steroids at a major discount.

  62. fafaflunky says: Mar 14, 2012 10:00 PM

    @katrinasafterbirth..

    one of best lays of my life was a girl from buffalo..

  63. joemac1114 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:05 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Mar 14, 2012 9:30 PM
    Can they get T.O. to give them the key to the city back? Maybe that will convince Mario to play in America’s Toilet.

    ___________________________________
    I lived near Cincinnati for two years and I can tell you the best you have to offer is Skyline Chili. Come to Buffalo for great food, and there are lots of hot blonde polish girls around who will make you forget those inbred harelips you have been dating.

  64. dlln147 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:07 PM

    Bills will sign Mario Williams. Peyton Manning is waiting on Mario Williams to sign with the Bills so that he can come right out and steal the spotlight lol.

  65. rolisrgti06 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:10 PM

    Seeing some chatter now on Twitter that Mario has checked out of his Buffalo hotel room.

  66. bflobacker says: Mar 14, 2012 10:11 PM

    Haters gonna hate. Not all of the country is sunny and 70 all year, but it was in buffalo today. It’s a hard nosed, blue collar city, the kind that built this country. Bills fans are loyal to a fault, if he signs he becomes family.

  67. bobothegreatest says: Mar 14, 2012 10:13 PM

    Report from Buffalo International Airport states:

    Planes backed up for hours waiting for William’s plane to take off.

    Rumor has it, armed guards seen loading heavy, large, white, canvas bags into overhead compartments.

    Crew makes Williams deplane as he has way too many carroy-ons.

  68. txndave says: Mar 14, 2012 10:36 PM

    I hope he does for you guys what he couldn’t do for us…STAY HEALTHY!!

    Signed,
    Texan fan

  69. mcdeez22 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:37 PM

    As much as I’d like to see loyal Bills fans rewarded, I have to imagine he does the Peyton Manning thing and continues his offseason tour. No downside to due diligence for Mario at this point. If Buffalo is able to close this deal before he leaves town, there should be a sales book written about it. If you’re Mario Williams, why Buffalo??? The money will be there with every offer. You have the chance to play opposite Julius Peppers. You could avoid double teams, rack up more sacks, and be part of one of the best DE duos of all time. Scratch that, the best ever. Not to mention, you would have a far greater chance of making the playoffs and winning a Super Bowl. That has to be worth making $16M per season in Chicago vs. $17M in Buffalo. I hope you’re reading this Mario. COME TO CHI-TOWN AND GET A RING!!!

  70. cuzz4169 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:56 PM

    34 thumbs down on my comment…So 34 people think buffalo is a great city? makes top 10 Forbes list as one of the worst cities in USA. How many of you been to buffalo? I work there im there every day..City is in debt, population down 50% it’s a joke.

  71. mc321984 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:26 PM

    Anthonymunoz…I am not sure who from Buffalo screwed your wife while you were working your normal overnight shift at BK, however, hearing you try to rip on the city after every tagged Bills article is laughable knowing your from Cincy.

    Even if you were from a bigger, not so garbage of city as Cincinatti, it would still be laughable how little of a life you have to continuously do that post after post. It almost takes effort, or, just someone who is unemployed.

  72. mc321984 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:58 PM

    Cuzz, for every “subjective” Forbes Top 10 worst cities list there is another “subjective” Top 10 best places to raise a family list that you will find Buffalo on.

    Also, I live in San Francisco and as much press as we get it ALSO is in debt, moreso than the likes of Buffalo. Simple solution, if you dont like Buffalo…leave, im sure they wont miss you.

    Goodluck to those Bills fans out there, hope this works out…not sure how the topic of cities has become some prevalent in these discussion boards

  73. ejcecil14 says: Mar 15, 2012 1:17 AM

    What a bunch of jealous, angry cry babies. Buffalo is a hell of a town. If you like the Northeast, it is amazing to live here. My Gosh, what haters. I’ve been all over the country, and I have to say, the women here are very hot. Sure we have our wobbly fat slobs, but don’t we all. Come to Buffalo, spend a week, and you may never leave. Just ask Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Steve tasker, just to name a few of the hundreds of ex Bills and Sabres you see all the time. I love the Fall here too. September thru December is in the 60′s, maybe 70′s. It isn’t that cold. It is a myth, we don’t get that much snow either. It falls south of Buffalo, not in the city…..you bunch of dopes. Learn your facts !!!

  74. buffaloman70 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:09 AM

    all you people who make rude comments of buffalo are stupid why would you insult a great city you don’t belong on a blog and every city has its fault so talk football insult the Bills but not the city thank you

  75. buffaloman70 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:14 AM

    Stick to the game we all been f**k BUFFALO BILLS AND THE CUBS DESERVE A CHAMPIONSHIP IF YOU DON’T AGREE U R NOT A FAN TO DIE HARD FANS

  76. buffaloman70 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:20 AM

    please don’t insult an entire city if u r from Chicago and r die hard u know there are two sets of gave that deserve a champion Bills AND CUBS ONLY A REALTIME SPORTS FAN WOULD UNDERSTAND

  77. yaalreadyno says: Mar 15, 2012 5:20 AM

    Laxcoach37 I think it’s funny that u thunk the texans d line made him appear better than he is and that won’t be the case in buffalo… but if he signs the bills will have one of the best d lines in football with dareus, Kyle Williams and him, not to mention they will also take a pass rusher in the draft. And yet u think the TEXANS d line is better? He will do a lot better in buffalo with that type of talent around him

  78. bigfranky75 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:49 AM

    For what its worth (and I speak from experience as a guy born & raised in Buffalo, NY and was relocated due to work and miss the place DEARLY)…. the greater Buffalo, NY area is a SPECTACULAR place to live and raise a family. Tons of fun stuff to do, very cultured, GREAT weather 10 months a year (with the 2 bad months not being as bad as the reputation would imply), and the most loyal, die-hard sports fans you’ll see in ANY city. BAR-NONE.

    And if Mario & his fiance did in fact go to the Sabres game last night, they were treated to 18,000+ strong chanting “WE WANT MARIO! WE WANT MARIO! WE WANT MARIO!”

  79. joetoronto says: Mar 15, 2012 5:59 AM

    jolink653 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:26 PM

    is it even worth it for the bills to sign him? i know he’s a good player and all but for the money they’re likely going to have to pay him i think it would be better to spread it out since they do have holes in other parts of their team that need to be fixed
    ************************************************
    I couldn’t agree more, this makes all the sense in the world.

    The problem is that the fans have gone crazy over this possible signing, I can’t even explain it.

    I feel the vibe here in Toronto, it’s off the hook.

    At the end of the day, what makes the fans happy will actually hurt the team in the long run, and vice versa.

    Crazy stuff.

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