Bills don’t let Chris Williams get out of town

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Wednesday started with reports that the Bills were hosting free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll and guard Chris Williams on visits in Buffalo.

At least one of them isn’t leaving town.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bills have struck a deal to make Williams a member of the team. Per Schefter, it is a four-year, $13.5 million deal with $5.5 million in guaranteed money.

Williams started every game at left guard for the Rams last season and that contract suggests that he’ll be doing the same thing in Buffalo next season. The Bills struggled to find a capable replacement for Andy Levitre at the spot last season and they’re obviously hoping that Williams can provide them with more push up front.

It may not be the safest of bets given Williams’ history as a first-round washout in Chicago and a player who failed to distinguish himself in Buffalo, but it’s never been easy to get free agents to come to Buffalo without paying a bit of a premium.

31 responses to “Bills don’t let Chris Williams get out of town

  1. If they can’t find a good FA deal then maybe they should start focusing on building future draft equity. Find some way to get the best talent in the most efficient way possible or you lose.

  2. It may not be the safest of bets given Williams’ history as a first-round washout in Chicago and a player who failed to distinguish himself in Buffalo

    You mean St. Louis?

    He started every game and has first round talent, there must be something they like to go with a big body in the middle. This will take Lil Lugersky out of the starting lineup and into a reserve roll at C/G, which he is better suited for.

  3. “Never been easy to get a FA in Buffalo without a premium”.


    Just because we MAY have paid a premium for Williams, suddenly NEVER been easy? Do a bit more research the 2 hears ago please.

  4. hey josh, do you proofread your crap or just fly off the seat of your pants…..i believe that was supposed to say ” a player who failed to distinguish himself in St. Louis”….


  5. Did you fail to mention that he failed in CHicago as a tackle? He may suck but he may do well at lg next to two good players in Wood and Glenn

  6. How this guy got a Payday is totally beyond me…..somewhere Jerry Angelo is saying, ‘see, I told you he was a starter’….no Jerry, you missed AGAIN!!!!

  7. Bills fans trying to justify signing a guy at that cost who was rated in the bottom tier of OGs last season is priceless.

    They’ll continue looking for Levitre’s replacement next off season as well.

  8. billsfan1 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:17 AM

    Did you fail to mention that he failed in CHicago as a tackle?
    He failed in Chicago at both tackle positions and then at guard. He’s a terrible pro.

  9. I’d like to think that the folks at 1-Bills Drive know a little more than most of the “experts” here. Apparently they think he’s a good fit and an upgrade.

  10. tenotnamedmiller says:
    Mar 12, 2014 11:09 AM
    Absolute joke. Below average backup got starter money.

    It is a little more than 4 million a year for a player that improves the position. Besides, finding a player that can hold down his position for a full season, playing all 16 games is becoming a rare thing to find in this league today. It is becoming more and more important these days to find players good enough to come in for these starters when they get injured, but to have a player that can stay healthy for a full season, It free’s up a spot to back up another position of need.
    IMO, this was a good signing that was much needed.

  11. Love reading all these people who think they know something about football write an opinion on what kind of player Williams is.
    He played very well in Chicago until Mike Tice arrived. Tice didn’t like him and was pushing his guy (“J’Marcus Webb). That s ht eonly reason he got let go. Played very well in St Louis

  12. Just because things didn’t work out in Chicago doesn’t mean the guy isn’t a good pick up. It obviously worked well enough in St. Louis to start every game. We also heard they wanted to keep him. It’s also wrong to say Buf can’t get good free agents. Most teams over pay to a certain degree in free agency. How about NO with Byrd?

  13. He was up and down as a guard in St Louis, but he did play well enough to start a lot of games. He played best when he had Jake Long and Scott Wells on either side of him (not a suprise), but in the last two years he has played all over the line. He can even start at tackle in a pinch. My concern is that a team that is desperate for OL help is letting this guy go. At this point nobody really knows Williams’ value better than the Rams and they didn’t make much of an effort to keep him.

  14. I would also like to think the guys running the Bills know what they are doing.

    I don’t, unfortunately.

    Williams satisfies Marrone’s hunger for large players, and gets a pass because apparently you don’t need to be any good if you’re at least 6’6″, 330 and a guard.

    I have heard people say that he will be propped up between Glenn and Wood. I should mention the names Colin Brown and Doug Legursky. At some point, you have to be able to do it on your own.

    This is the guy they targeted number 1? Didn’t talk to any other guards because Chris Williams was the clear-cut best guy for the job at that price?

    I am not new to thinking Marrone is an idiot. I am not new to thinking he hired a lousy offensive staff last year and has done little to improve it this year. I am not new to thinking that Russ Brandon is also an idiot. I don’t know about Whaley, though I have doubts. I am not surprised. I am still disappointed.

    This was stupid. NOBODY else wanted him all that badly. Seriously don’t want to interview ANYBODY else? Of course not.

    I would prefer that Marrone spent more time being smart than saying he’s smart.


  15. Position of need filled, next, Secondary and WR/TE help is needed. Bills are trying to find their identity as an NFL team, can’t bag on them for trying to change that locker room culture. As a season Ticket holder, I’ve seen YEARS of should of, could of, would of, and still stuck with a losing record when it counts. It’s hard living out here in Portland being a Die Hard Bills Fan when you’re surrounded by Seahawks Fans!!!!! Can’t wait for the Draft, GO BILLS!!!!!! SQUISH THE FISH!!

  16. And with the 9th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select…

    Another bust.

    Come on Buffalo, with all of the big names flying around the country right now, this is the best you could do?

    Oh well, there’s always next year…

  17. Everyone failed on the Bears O line 2 years ago. They were brutal. Marrone was an NFL lineman. I think he knows what he needs. The Rams didn’t want to lose him. They let 3 O linemen walk. Did they all suck? No. He fills a need and fits the bill(pun intended).

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