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.