Report: Mario Williams released by Bills

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The Bills have used the franchise tag on left tackle Cordy Glenn and re-signing left guard Richie Incognito looks like it will cost more money than they would have liked, so the team could use some cap relief at the moment.

They’ll reportedly get some by pulling the trigger on the long-anticipated release of defensive end Mario Williams. Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that Williams has been told that his time in Buffalo is over.

Williams complained frequently about the defensive scheme last season while turning in a less productive season than we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him over the years. While Williams suggested recently that he’d take a pay cut in order to stay in Buffalo, but the Bills have decided to just move on without him.

The move will save the Bills $12.9 million under the cap while leaving $7 million in dead money behind. His arrival on the open market will likely interest teams looking to bolster their pass rush and he’ll be eligible to sign with any club once his release has been made official with the league. He slumped to five sacks last season, but Williams had 38 sacks in his first three years in Buffalo and someone will take the chance that he’ll rebound with a change of scenery.

The Bills also appear to have cleared out a bit more room by releasing veteran offensive lineman Kraig Urbik. Urbik posted a farewell letter to the team on Twitter Tuesday that said he will miss his teammates and that he’s excited about his next opportunity. His departure clears $1.775 million in cap room.

55 responses to “Report: Mario Williams released by Bills

  1. So long Mario. Thanks for the good years. I forget who your victim was but I will never forget the play from this past season where you lifted the ball carrier off the ground and basically smashed him through an imaginary folding table, WWF style.

    Hope you land on your feet somewhere in the NFC…

  2. Does anyone else always wonder once a massive deal is signed, how long into the contract will the player be cut? Same goes for Suh in Miami

  3. He sure looked like he quit on his team last season. That’s going to stick in at least a few GM’s minds when they decide whether to kick the tires on him, I have to think.

  4. Oops. Teams.

    How many of these major free agency signings actually work out? If these guys were the missing piece, then why did their former teams consider them expendable?

  5. Signing Mario Williams to a reasonable value contract would be such a Seattle Seahawk move. He would do well in their scheme.

  6. Come to our team and play for free or at least cheap. Yeah, what a deal I have for you. LOL @ fans.

  7. I think the smart money is on him landing either in New York with the Giants or in Carolina with the Panthers. You can’t count out New England if he really wants to stick it to the Bills, though.

  8. Wait a minute! Remember when the Bills fans were telling the Dolphins they are insane for signing Suh to a big Contract. Now maybe you guys understand how this works… nothing is in stone; even Contracts. The Dolphins have tight Cap, but at least they can sign the players they want to keep.

    This is good move for the Bills. Let em walk and sign a big contract and underperform for a contender. I am not a Rex fan, but I bet he knows more about defensive player evaluation than all of us combined.

  9. Over-rated and over-paid. Has never really lived up to the hype as overall #1 pick in the draft. Addition by subtraction for Buffalo.

  10. jerruhjones says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:25 PM

    Can Jerruh afford him? Aren’t they in cap hell because of Romo’s contract?

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    No…supposedly this is the yr. they get out of cap hell. The last bad contract on the roster is Carr’s & he may be a June 1 cut.

  11. The system and player didn’t match, once again there are no more excuses for Rex. Produce or you’re out the door next

  12. Thank you Mario, Best of Luck to you.

    Mario Williams left Houston because they switched to a 3-4, which he is not comfortable playing. He was great for the Bills prior to them switching to a 3-4.
    Put him in the right system, let him use his skill set and he will be back in the Pro Bowl.

    Rex got rid of Jim Scwartz and Mario.
    Time for Rex’s D to work or time for Rex to move on.

  13. Jacksonville should be on the phone to him as soon as possible. I would love to see him stay out of the NFC, so the Bears don’t have to play him.
    Tampa, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Seattle, Cincinnati, and several others would be smart plays for him.

  14. Any team that runs a 3-4 can just go ahead and not even waste the call to his agent. He hates 3-4 schemes and will sandbag if he’s forced to play in one.

  15. Jags?

    Because we are in a small market and have been pathetically bad the last few years we will have to overpay.

    I agree that he is overrated but we are desperate for a Pass Rush and have a ton of cap space.

    Von Miller and Denver’s D made Mario alot more valuable as a Free Agent.

  16. It has to be the scheme for Williams to have such a dramatic dropoff. NFL coaches know it, now the public does. I suspect Ryan is just too embarassed to keep Williams around.

  17. Williams can still play well if he wants to, he just needs a better schematic fit.

    I know so many fellow Steeler fans who have continued to lament the loss of Urbik, who was originally a 3td round pick in Pittsburgh but was cut before he ever got on the field. Personally, I don’t know why people missed him. He’s really never been all that great, and has had trouble holding a starting job on a weak Biils line. Meanwhile, after a year or 2 of guard ineptitude, the Steelers ended up with Foster and Decastro.

  18. This is the kind of free agent the Packers like … one that can make an impact on the field while not costing the team anything when it comes to comp picks. Sort of like the Peppers signing a few years back .. signing Williams would make some sense. The Packers scheme is versatile enough to put Williams in a position to shine.

  19. laxcoach37 says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:40 PM

    Wait a minute! Remember when the Bills fans were telling the Dolphins they are insane for signing Suh to a big Contract. Now maybe you guys understand how this works… nothing is in stone; even Contracts. The Dolphins have tight Cap, but at least they can sign the players they want to keep.

    This is good move for the Bills. Let em walk and sign a big contract and underperform for a contender. I am not a Rex fan, but I bet he knows more about defensive player evaluation than all of us combined.

    That’s why restructuring him should be a last case scenario so you can do the same in a few years. But I doubt his production will be dropping off.

  20. It was only a couple of years ago when Bills fanboys were celebrating off the hook because they overpaid and signed Williams.

    Look at you now.

  21. zonedogz says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:40 PM
    Has never really lived up to the hype as overall #1 pick in the draft.

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    Are you serious? The guy will most likely get to 100 career sacks this year. That’s not living up to #1 pick status?

  22. Dallas will sign him and let Hardy walk. They have the money and the need. Rather them get Ramsey in the draft than Bosa

  23. One thing for sure is…….we know he won’t be playing in Toronto. Last time I looked I didn’t see they had an NFL team in that city. That stellar hockey team is a sure dream team too isn’t it?

  24. I’m not sure if he could fit in Jacksonville but if so then they surely have the cap to take a flier. Playing the Texans twice a year might appeal to him.

  25. Buffalo’s NFL team has been equivalent to Toronto’s for 16 years. One didn’t exist , the other might as well not have. And that’s not changing any time soon.

  26. Jacksonville, people! They run the 4-3 and need a veteran presence. No sales tax, rising top offense, just a few pieces missing that the Jags will get this year- and make the playoffs! Write it down!

  27. ebdug says:
    Mar 1, 2016 2:05 PM
    It has to be the scheme for Williams to have such a dramatic dropoff. NFL coaches know it, now the public does. I suspect Ryan is just too embarassed to keep Williams around.
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    Many players fit certain systems better than others. If the team wants to run a 4-3 or a 3-4 D and a player doesn’t fit the teams chosen system he goes. Nothing to do with a coach being weak or embarassed ….and the public (PFT) doesn’t know doodly squat.

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