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Six year, $96 million for Mario Williams

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The numbers are in for defensive end Mario Williams.  And they’re impressive.

A source with knowledge of the contract tells PFT that the deal has a base value of $96 million over six years, including $25 million fully guaranteed on signing.  Another $25 million is guaranteed for injury on signing, and the money will become fully guaranteed at a later date.

The deal can be worth as much as $100 million.

Williams, who made nearly $60 million in six seasons with the Texans, will earn $53 million in his first three seasons with the Bills.

Williams missed much of the 2011 season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the fifth game of the season.  He had make a quick transition to the team’s new 3-4 defense.

In Buffalo, he’ll be back in a 4-3 defense — and he’ll be able to focus on rushing the passer.

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47 Responses to “Six year, $96 million for Mario Williams”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Mar 15, 2012 2:04 PM

    He’s a great player, but these contracts are insane.

  2. darthobama says: Mar 15, 2012 2:05 PM

    Hope the bills are ready for a bunch of season ending surgeries

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 15, 2012 2:05 PM

    The dumb owners thought they won the lockout. Ha!

  4. muskyhunter2542 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:05 PM

    jenniferxxx says:
    Mar 15, 2012 2:04 PM
    He’s a great player, but these contracts are insane.

    ________________________________
    100% Agree

  5. suhnami says: Mar 15, 2012 2:07 PM

    I don’t care if you have god himself on your defense…Ryan Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson isn’t winning you a Superbowl in today’s NFL

  6. txtuff says: Mar 15, 2012 2:07 PM

    Being a big Texans fan and watching him play for 6 years (not really 6 seasons thanks to injuries) this is a waste of money!

  7. frostbelt says: Mar 15, 2012 2:07 PM

    The Bills have money – they’re a friggin’ NFL franchise in a decent sized city in America.

    I hope this team goes far in the playoffs

  8. mwatts1 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:07 PM

    The man is worth every penny….

  9. adx321 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:08 PM

    The guy who was picked to do one thing, get to Peyton Manning, and never did… get this much?

    wow

  10. losparlandos says: Mar 15, 2012 2:09 PM

    In Buffalo, he’ll be back in a 4-3 defense — and he’ll be able to focus on rushing the passer.

    Lining up next to Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus means he should be able to get home too…

  11. mhalt99 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:09 PM

    He’s a great player, but these contracts are insane.

    You should see what the jack arses at Goldman Sach’s get to screw over their muppet clients…..that’s what’s insane. This is just supply and demand and Super Mario is the only one of his kind………even Michael Lewis would agree.

  12. semperfimark says: Mar 15, 2012 2:09 PM

    now we need a receiver tjen has size and speed

  13. jnbnet says: Mar 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    jenniferxxx says:
    Mar 15, 2012 2:04 PM
    He’s a great player, but these contracts are insane.

    So true. You know that the end of that contract will never be realized…..but then again, 16 million a year might not seem like so much six years form now.

  14. theandy59 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    I’m still surprised that he signed with the Bills without really visiting any other teams. Good for Bills fans, but let’s not get crazy yet. He’s a very good player, but you still have a huge hole at QB – until that position is solved, at best, you’re playing for 2nd in the division.

  15. sasquash20 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:11 PM

    I’m going to get ripped for this but he is actually under paid as is all NFL players are. Do you know how high the ratings are for the NFL? Star players are the most underrated people on the planet. You take what an actor makes on a hit show and factor that shows ratings against a NFL game and its not even close. NFL generates so much money its insane, and that is why these guys aren’t really over paid. I know to normal working class people they are but for what these athletes generate there not over paid.

  16. jesdpie says: Mar 15, 2012 2:11 PM

    It’s not insane when it changes the entire atmosphere and way of thinking for anyone who thinks of Buffalo sports, specifically football.

  17. huskersrock1 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:12 PM

    Well, this is the glory of the salary cap, even the little guy can get the big worm. But I still think they paid too much for one player.

  18. nflfollower says: Mar 15, 2012 2:12 PM

    I thought he might get as much as megatron. Maybe his injury history held him back a bit.

  19. coldaszice says: Mar 15, 2012 2:12 PM

    Wow 96MILLION !!!

  20. jamezz23 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:13 PM

    As long as the bears didn’t get him. He’s gonna be on the bills, we all can live with that.

  21. pats54 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:13 PM

    Congratulations Bills fans. It’s a lot of money but he’s a great player. Hopefully he will be worth it.

  22. ttommytom says: Mar 15, 2012 2:13 PM

    This from a guy who said he has already bought all the toys he wanted. So Buffalo is the promise land?

    Slowly I turn, step by step inch by inch…

  23. conormacleod says: Mar 15, 2012 2:14 PM

    What’s that, about $1.6 million per sack?

  24. KIR says: Mar 15, 2012 2:14 PM

    I’d like PFT to give a breakdown of how much money some of these star players received after they’re inevitably cut at some point in the future.

  25. oklahomaseahawk says: Mar 15, 2012 2:40 PM

    Buffalo bid with themselves out of paranoia. I’m talking Josh McDaniel’s draft Tebow NOW paranoid lol!!! Well atlease they got their guy.

  26. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 15, 2012 2:42 PM

    All we heard all last year was about owners losing money and now this…..just crazy to pay one defensive player who never made a real difference to his team gets this. Didn’t they make the playoffs last year without him? didn’t there defense play better last year than it had any of the previous years he was with the team?

    At a time when the average fan struggles because of the ecomomy to just meet the daily needs of a family this is flat out crazy.

  27. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 15, 2012 2:56 PM

    13xworldchamps says:
    Mar 15, 2012 2:42 PM
    At a time when the average fan struggles because of the ecomomy to just meet the daily needs of a family this is flat out crazy.
    ___________

    So stop watching if you don’t want them to get so much money. I’m guessing you’re not complaining about how much money they’re getting when you’re celebrating a Super Bowl championship.

  28. rogerbrad says: Mar 15, 2012 2:56 PM

    Well Mario, best of luck to ya. We made it to the playoffs and won our first playoff game with you on the bench.

    I remember game 5 last season when you went down with the injury. Hated to see that happen but our defense setup up and got it done.

    Again, best to you with the Bills. We’ll be seeing ya.

  29. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:58 PM

    Thanks for not signing with the Bears. We can’t even find a way to beat that crap team W/O you on it.

  30. eddie77586 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:58 PM

    As a Texan fan I have seen every game he has played in and missed. He has been injured in almost every season. From his feet, to his groin or ripped muscles. As great as player as he is it does the team no good when he can’t be out there or taking some snaps off what he does sometimes. Bills overpaid and will soon realize this. Enjoy the 6-10 season Mario.

  31. buffalostampede90 says: Mar 15, 2012 3:04 PM

    Overpaid not really IE Calvin johnson texans are just mad because there QB is injury prone !

  32. eaglesw00t says: Mar 15, 2012 3:18 PM

    Do some players truly not care about winning?

    If I were Mario (and I know, Im not, so I will try to be nice) I would have signed a 2 year contract with the 49ers or Patriots, or another team that is right at the cusp of winning a championship.

    Going to Buffalo is like being picked first in the draft again. Houston was improving, so you go to a worse team just for more money you will never be able to spend??

  33. dirtygrizzil says: Mar 15, 2012 3:41 PM

    Overpaid not really IE Calvin johnson texans are just mad because there QB is injury prone !
    _________________________________

    Yeah, that’s it. By the way, how many more games has Schaub missed than Mario? Oops, looks like you got yourself an injury prone $100M DE.

  34. 3kdad says: Mar 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    Curious how much the Texans offered him. Was the difference worth the step down.

  35. ralphwilsonsucks says: Mar 15, 2012 4:34 PM

    Now go and rip Brady’s head off!

  36. buffalomafia says: Mar 15, 2012 4:50 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t go to Atlanta?

    What will Bills do in the draft?

  37. jackntorres says: Mar 15, 2012 5:27 PM

    I would correct your typos but you just delete those posts so go find them yourself.

  38. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 15, 2012 5:42 PM

    Wow looks like the Texans are having a pretty crappy off-season…..losing Mario and more than half of their excellent O-line. Looks like their trip to the playoffs last year could be a one-season-wonder.

  39. tombrookshire says: Mar 15, 2012 5:43 PM

    The league has gotten it right. Don’t pay rookies the insane money, give it proven veterans and give them the payday that they have earned in their first four to five years.

  40. thekingdave says: Mar 15, 2012 6:16 PM

    @dobberdubinsky

    Texans are still light years ahead of the division talent wise

  41. thekingdave says: Mar 15, 2012 6:17 PM

    Uh, all Mario was asked to do in Wade’s 3-4 is rush the passer…

  42. axespray says: Mar 15, 2012 10:40 PM

    MTV Cribs: Mario Williams points at an island on a global map.

    “Check out my bling, I call it…MarioLand! I paid for that country with straight cash homie.”

  43. wvfinfan says: Mar 15, 2012 10:43 PM

    I am pretty sure Mario Williams should be on the Madden 2013 cover! He is going to be injured by week 6. The contract and the Bills luck will have his career hobbled forever.

  44. 2ndaryinsanity says: Mar 15, 2012 11:12 PM

    As a Texans fan, I hate to see Super Mario leave. But, I wish him nothing but the best…Williams has played his ass off here-no matter how bad the team sucked, he never gave up. He’s done a lot for the community as well. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  45. naptownwarrior says: Mar 15, 2012 11:30 PM

    the only reason mario williams went to buffalo is because he can cross the border into canada at any time and get his steroids at massive discounts and under the table. probably the main selling point for buffalo

  46. cmpenny says: Mar 16, 2012 1:02 AM

    They can have him, we did more this past season with him gone than the rest of his tenure with us combined!

  47. buffalomafia says: Mar 16, 2012 4:17 AM

    ESPN said Buffalo blew all there money on one player when they have many holes to fill?

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