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Report: Mario Williams released by Bills

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 30:   Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills leads his team onto the field before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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55 Responses to “Report: Mario Williams released by Bills”
  1. tyler4richardson says: Mar 1, 2016 12:55 PM

    Both sides quit on eachother a long time ago.

  2. patsxsaintsfan says: Mar 1, 2016 12:56 PM

    Could be a great fit for a team like Arizona or the Falcons.

  3. dohczeppelin says: Mar 1, 2016 12:57 PM

    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…

  4. laces out says: Mar 1, 2016 12:58 PM

    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

  5. lanham4eve says: Mar 1, 2016 1:00 PM

    Mario was a total bum last year, his being cut is in no way a surprise, Urbik getting cut surprises me though. Always liked him

  6. missingsock215 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:01 PM

    With Swartz at the DC position, he would seem to be a good fit with the birds.

  7. xavier179 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:01 PM

    He will have a star on his helmet this coming season.

  8. rutledge3197 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:03 PM

    …..and so the counting will continue in Buffbelow…… 1999……..

  9. collectordude says: Mar 1, 2016 1:04 PM

    Williams is overrated.

  10. learysdisciples says: Mar 1, 2016 1:05 PM

    O/U on the “Welcome to Dallas” comments: 15.5

  11. eazeback says: Mar 1, 2016 1:05 PM

    he’ll be a cowboy if jerry is smart

  12. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 1, 2016 1:08 PM

    Welcome to Denver!

  13. boobsanders says: Mar 1, 2016 1:08 PM

    Game Over.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 1, 2016 1:08 PM

    Oakland Raiders on line one

  15. PegulaBucks says: Mar 1, 2016 1:09 PM

    he’s not that big of a loss….other than the loss of his cap hit.

  16. northpackalacky says: Mar 1, 2016 1:12 PM

    Team who “win” often in free agency, usually lose often in the regular season.

  17. bears5683 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:13 PM

    Bears!! They have plenty of cap space.

  18. fanofpft says: Mar 1, 2016 1:14 PM

    Now they have enough to poach Vernon. Make it two years in a row.

  19. ohand16 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:15 PM

    Buffo is really going to miss his production from 2015. He constantly did a great job beating the double team.

  20. bassplucker says: Mar 1, 2016 1:16 PM

    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.

  21. northpackalacky says: Mar 1, 2016 1:17 PM

    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?

  22. mikeinsanfran says: Mar 1, 2016 1:17 PM

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

  23. floratiotime says: Mar 1, 2016 1:22 PM

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

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

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

  25. realdealsteel says: Mar 1, 2016 1:29 PM

    Raiders would be the perfect fit for him.

  26. realdealsteel says: Mar 1, 2016 1:30 PM

    If your Willams, wouldn’t you want to be on a team that’s going to make the playoffs?

  27. steelerben says: Mar 1, 2016 1:34 PM

    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.

  28. heroofthisparish says: Mar 1, 2016 1:39 PM

    Come to LA and pair with Robert Quinn. Rams are flush with cap space too

  29. 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.

  30. zonedogz says: Mar 1, 2016 1:40 PM

    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.

  31. djbooshmanzada says: Mar 1, 2016 1:41 PM

    jerruhjones says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:25 PM

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

    ——————————-

    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.

  32. chriskap11 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:44 PM

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

  33. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:46 PM

    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.

  34. jessethegreat says: Mar 1, 2016 1:53 PM

    I see pats or back to Texans in his future.

  35. joefelicelli says: Mar 1, 2016 1:56 PM

    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.

  36. bassplucker says: Mar 1, 2016 1:58 PM

    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.

  37. jagsfan1 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:02 PM

    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.

  38. 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.

  39. milkmandanimal says: Mar 1, 2016 2:06 PM

    Tampa has loads of cap space and a desperate need at DE; they’re going to throw a bucket of money at him and hope it’s enough.

  40. connfyoozed says: Mar 1, 2016 2:20 PM

    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.

  41. symxfan says: Mar 1, 2016 2:22 PM

    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.

  42. fanofpft says: Mar 1, 2016 2:25 PM

    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.

  43. joetoronto says: Mar 1, 2016 2:39 PM

    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.

  44. muckey says: Mar 1, 2016 2:40 PM

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

    _____________________

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

  45. unclebluck says: Mar 1, 2016 2:40 PM

    Rex Lyin is a Schmuck Coach!

  46. elevandoo says: Mar 1, 2016 2:46 PM

    7 mil in dead money. Rex and Marios feelings were both too bruised to arrive at a compromise. Pathetic.

  47. kev86 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:49 PM

    GIANTS! Perfect fit/need for both parties.

  48. ppc50 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:59 PM

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

  49. billswillnevermove says: Mar 1, 2016 3:03 PM

    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?

  50. jeagan1999 says: Mar 1, 2016 3:06 PM

    Williams would be in a great situation in Tampa with GMC and Bosa/Spence in the draft!

  51. nouhoh64 says: Mar 1, 2016 3:10 PM

    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.

  52. catquick says: Mar 1, 2016 5:03 PM

    Every team has a guy saying he will play for them. He can’t go to 31 teams. He’s still good, but not 100 million good

  53. ohand16 says: Mar 1, 2016 5:06 PM

    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.

  54. dadsource says: Mar 1, 2016 10:34 PM

    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!

  55. ocgunslinger says: Mar 7, 2016 5:57 PM

    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.
    **********************

    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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