Aaron Williams signs extension with Bills

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The Bills weren’t at risk of losing safety Aaron Williams to free agency, but they’ve decided to sign him to a new contract anyway.

The team announced Wednesday that they have reached agreement on a long-term extension with Williams. There were no details announced as to the terms of the deal for Williams, but PFT has learned from a league source that it is a four-year deal for $26 million. There is $14.625 million guaranteed, although it is unclear how much of that is fully guaranteed beyond a $6.5 million signing bonus.

Williams made the move from cornerback to safety for the Bills last season and started all 14 games he played in 2013. Williams finished the year with 82 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble.

Williams has not been the safety on the minds of Bills watchers of late. Jairus Byrd, who can become a free agent on Tuesday, has been the focus of more attention and Bills CEO Russ Brandon said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, Wednesday that the Williams deal is “independent from any other negotiations.” Byrd said that he’s still talking about a contract with the team about a deal that would keep him in Buffalo.

Should that fail, Williams will be working with a new partner at safety in 2014 and will take over as the experienced hand in Buffalo at the position after one year on the job.

12 responses to “Aaron Williams signs extension with Bills

  1. Great player, loved when they switched him to S. Very physical and great ball instincts. The only question is whether he stays at SS if/when Jairus goes or moves to FS. I think he goes FS and Duke/Searcy take over at SS.

  2. Great signing. Buy low early on ascending players prior to forced deadlines which gives leverage to players and shady agents. This is EXACTLY what us Bills fans were talking about doing with Byrd for years. At least the Bills brass has learned from their mistake on Byrd.

  3. This kid is a good player. Like I said on here before the Bills have a bunch of very good players on Defense. Drafting Kiko Alonso was a HR. Losing a player like Byrd is never good but their Defense isn’t really the Bills problem–it’s the unknown w/ E.J. Emanuel @ QB.

  4. Let’s move on from Byrd! Great player and would love to have him back, BUT he’s only one guy on the defense…. it takes 11. I’m sure there are other safeties out there, either FA or draft. Not the end of the world. If Byrd doesn’t want to be here, then let’s move on.

  5. Williams is an excellent cover S and showed overwhelming promise in run support. This is a great signing and he remains a perfect fit for schwartz system. It would only be better news if Byrd stayed as well

  6. Duke is more a free safety…he and Searcy will be splitting time with Aaron.

    Byrd missed 5 games last year and the safeties were NOT the problem at all. He will be just fine without Byrd…Duke Williams has a lot of talent, he’ll be fine.

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