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Mario Williams finalizes two-year deal with the Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill, Mario Williams AP

The second veteran pass-rusher domino has fallen.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have finalized a two-year deal with former Bills defensive end Mario Williams.

It’s a short deal for a 31-year-old, but has the potential to pay big dividends for Miami if Williams can regain his previous form.

He had 38.0 sacks in his first three years with the Bills, but fell to just 5.0 last year, when he was unhappy with his role in Rex Ryan’s defense.

With Jason Pierre-Paul agreeing to return to the Giants earlier in the day, it sets the stage for an interesting market for guys such as Robert Ayers and Charles Johnson.

But the most immediate impact might be in Miami, since transition-tagged end Olivier Vernon could draw offers elsewhere. The Dolphins might also choose to try life without Cameron Wake, after last year’s torn Achilles, but it seems unlikely it can be both.

Either way, it’s yet another big splash for the perennial offseason champions.

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  1. logicalvoicepft says: Mar 8, 2016 5:23 PM

    What a loser mentality to spend money in FAs. Aging at that. Learn from the Redskins and DRAFT homegrown people. Scot McCloughan is the greatest. #HTTR

  2. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 5:24 PM

    Pull the transition tag on Vernon now, at least they can get compensatory pick for him.

  3. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 5:27 PM

    “Either way, it’s yet another big splash for the perennial offseason champions.”

    According to PFT and the press in general, that title went to either the Bills or the Jets as I recall. That said, one gotta do what one gotta do.

  4. tolan04 says: Mar 8, 2016 5:28 PM

    8 mil for a quitter. Just a giant baby because he didn’t like the scheme he gave up. Nothing worse than quitting on the players you line up with and go into battle with. Enjoy Miami.

  5. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 5:30 PM

    logicalvoicepft says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:23 PM
    What a loser mentality to spend money in FAs. Aging at that. Learn from the Redskins and DRAFT homegrown people. Scot McCloughan is the greatest. #HTTR
    ======
    When you’ve had limited success with previous draft (mainly Jeff Irelands top picks), the team has to resort to free agency to assemble a good core of players. That said, they are not mutually exclusive, they’ll be drafting players as well.

  6. ncphinsfan says: Mar 8, 2016 5:31 PM

    How are the Dolphins Free Agent Champs? They are simply replacing players that are leaving. Im not saying that Alonso, Maxwell and Mario Williams are better, but they do cost alot less than Vernon and Grimes.

  7. 1986wake says: Mar 8, 2016 5:32 PM

    Miami obviously going defense heavy. Must have got somethings out of watching the SUPERBOWL!!!!

  8. tarniman says: Mar 8, 2016 5:33 PM

    One of my most feared players on the Bills because I didn’t feel like we matched up well against him. I didn’t think that James(RT) was big and strong enough to block him. No reason to fear anymore he is now officially a Miami Dolphin

  9. magnumpimustache says: Mar 8, 2016 5:39 PM

    HA HA HA HA……….

    Even when Miami tries to make a splash they still fall on their face.

    Nothing wrong with 3rd place.

  10. finsphan says: Mar 8, 2016 5:41 PM

    If I were Mario, I would have quit playing for the Bill’s too, especially when Rex came in.

  11. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 5:45 PM

    tolan04 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:28 PM
    8 mil for a quitter. Just a giant baby because he didn’t like the scheme he gave up. Nothing worse than quitting on the players you line up with and go into battle with. Enjoy Miami.
    ——–
    Wow, that’s all it cost them? That’s even better.

  12. coltzfan166 says: Mar 8, 2016 5:47 PM

    Tannenbaum doing is best to put them in cap hell i see

  13. catquick says: Mar 8, 2016 5:49 PM

    Finsfan…..remember that when he quits on you

  14. Kingmj4891 says: Mar 8, 2016 5:50 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:24 PM
    Pull the transition tag on Vernon now, at least they can get compensatory pick for him.

    _______________________

    Sorry that is not how comp picks work.

  15. finsphan says: Mar 8, 2016 5:51 PM

    Always going to have people trying to troll. The fact is, they got Maxwell to replace Grimes, equal cap hit and he is younger. Threw in Alonso as a bonus, if he doesn’t pan out this year, don’t resign him. They get Mario Williams to replace either Vernon or Wake, he still is a very good DE and he’s cheaper than both…..if you are going to try and troll the fans, at least get your facts straight. Not sure how this qualifies as a “splash” when they are signing good players and saving money while doing it…..

  16. mjd08501 says: Mar 8, 2016 5:52 PM

    I’m sure having two of the most selfish defensive linemen in the league in Suh and Williams on the same defensive line playing for the youngest head coach in the league and losing a young stud past rusher like vernon to do it will only mean good things for Miami

  17. touchdownelvis says: Mar 8, 2016 5:55 PM

    Makes sense. No state taxes and a longer off-season.

  18. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 6:02 PM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:47 PM
    Tannenbaum doing is best to put them in cap hell i see
    ——-
    That’s what I heard last year, but yet they manage the cap magnificently this year. Nice try. I am curious to see how the colts do with the cap after sign Luck to the biggest contract ever written.

  19. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 6:05 PM

    mjd08501 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:52 PM
    I’m sure having two of the most selfish defensive linemen in the league in Suh and Williams on the same defensive line playing for the youngest head coach in the league and losing a young stud past rusher like vernon to do it will only mean good things for Miami
    —–
    Right. Williams is nowhere near the player Vernon is. LOL

  20. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 6:08 PM

    “Just” 5 sacks huh? tsk tsk smh.

    Good news just broke on Wake working out his signing. And the team will still be going after the likes of William Hayes for rotation.

  21. radrntn says: Mar 8, 2016 6:12 PM

    I think that this is a great pick up for the phins……I also think Williams is looking forward to playing the Bills twice a year. Where Suh will be double teamed, and he will be allowed to rush the passer , instead of being used primarily in pass coverage as was the case with Bills. I expect him to have 10+ sacks next year, with 5 of them coming against the Bills.

    With that said – How about the O-line?

  22. billsbackto81 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:13 PM

    Is Tannehill still the QB? Just saying…..

  23. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 6:15 PM

    Kingmj4891 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:50 PM
    VenerableAxiom says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:24 PM
    Pull the transition tag on Vernon now, at least they can get compensatory pick for him.

    _______________________

    Sorry that is not how comp picks work.
    ====
    Yes it is. Compensatory picks are awarded to teams that have lost more or better compensatory free agents than they signed in the previous year. This is determined by salary, along with other lessor factors, for said free agents. Vernon will likely get a larger contract than the Fins have given to Williams, thus will be awarded a pick. The trans tag voids that compensation. While it may only be a 7th round, it’s better than none.

  24. footstepsfalco says: Mar 8, 2016 6:16 PM

    Honestly 5 sacks is pretty close to what Olivier Vernon got the last 2 seasons… and for 1/2 the price.

    So he’s 31 years old.. hes been wreaking havoc on the dolphins since he signed with the bills.

    With all that said, this is 34 year old ruptured achilles refusal to take a paycut cameron wake’s replacement, as they both make a living playing on the same side.

    I dont know who OV’s replacement is yet, it might be the new stud from the CFL they just inked for the next 3 years Cleyon Laing. Maybe its oversized DE Terrance Fede who has been slowly developing.. maybe its another Veteran DE who can match OV’s 7 sacks a year for 1/3 of the price.

    Whatever it is i wouldn’t call this a splash offseason, I would call this going cheap, and getting better fit players for the brand new coaching staff….

    Now that’s a splash I can get behind.. HC Adam Gase and DC Vance Joseph.

  25. barrymichaels61 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:16 PM

    as a Dolphins fan, i am sad, the dysfunction never ends😦
    please go away Mr Ross and take Tannenputz and Turnoverhill with you.

  26. igotgamenj says: Mar 8, 2016 6:16 PM

    Keep Laughing… Wake, SUH and Mario Williams that’s ridiculous

  27. igotgamenj says: Mar 8, 2016 6:18 PM

    With that said – How about the O-line?

    Free Agency starts tomorrow… tune in

  28. whispersd says: Mar 8, 2016 6:19 PM

    touchdownelvis says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:55 PM

    Makes sense. No state taxes and a longer off-season.

    To be fair, the offseason is usually the same length for the Bills and the Dolphins.

  29. mcjon22 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:21 PM

    Rex is going to feel some type of way when The Dolphins trot out Kiko and Mario Williams for the coin flip in Buffalo next season.

  30. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 6:22 PM

    With that said – How about the O-line?

    .

    Alex Boone is in for a look. And Ex-49ers OL coach Chris Foerster is now the Dolphins’ offensive line coach.

  31. flash1287 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:28 PM

    And will finish LAST again

  32. TheWizard says: Mar 8, 2016 6:28 PM

    Oh great, another offseason of how we’re going to smash Brady blah blah blah.

  33. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 6:28 PM

    fanofpft says:
    Mar 8, 2016 6:08 PM
    “Just” 5 sacks huh? tsk tsk smh.
    —–
    Yeah, go figure. He had 38 his first 3 years in buff in a 4-3 (you do know the difference right?). I wonder if he’ll have something to prove when he’s back in a 4-3?.. next to Suh. tsk tsk (smiling).

  34. mjd08501 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:30 PM

    radrntn says:

    “he will be allowed to rush the passer , instead of being used primarily in pass coverage as was the case with Bills.”
    __________________

    That’s the myth that Mario wants people to believe, when in actuality he dropped in coverage 28 times all season, which is less than twice a game. Guys like von miller drop into coverage with that frequency and don’t complain, and they realize that they still spent 95% of their snaps rushing. Mario used it as a reason to whine, quit, and be one of the worst pass rushers in the league last year. He is a cancer, and unless he is getting exactly what he wants every play and there is strong leadership in the locker room he will quit on Miami just like he did Houston and Buffalo

  35. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 6:33 PM

    TheWizard says:
    Mar 8, 2016 6:28 PM
    Oh great, another offseason of how we’re going to smash Brady blah blah blah.
    ———
    You mean like they did in the last game? Remains to be seen.

  36. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 6:41 PM

    magnumpimustache says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:39 PM
    HA HA HA HA……….

    Even when Miami tries to make a splash they still fall on their face.

    Nothing wrong with 3rd place.
    ======
    They were 4th in the division, hence the signing, the trade, the new coaches. Maybe they’re a little more competitive next season, and after all isn’t that what all football fans want, good competitive games, especially within the division? I’m sure you do.

  37. bettywhiteshairnet says: Mar 8, 2016 6:41 PM

    HA!!! It will be worth watching the quitter lose to the Bills twice a year for the next two years.

  38. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 6:56 PM

    May I have some more sour grapes with my cheese please. I just love that fruit.

  39. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 6:57 PM

    bettywhiteshairnet says:
    Mar 8, 2016 6:41 PM

    HA!!! It will be worth watching the quitter lose to the Bills twice a year for the next two years.

    .
    Or this is what gets them over the hump. Bills have had their number for some time.

  40. barrymichaels61 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:57 PM

    The Dolphins can now seriously make a run at 7-9 and also move up to 31st against the run!

  41. flash1287 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:59 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Mar 8, 2016 6:33 PM
    TheWizard says:
    Mar 8, 2016 6:28 PM
    Oh great, another offseason of how we’re going to smash Brady blah blah blah.
    ———
    You mean like they did in the last game? Remains to be seen.

    And for that the fish finished in last place

  42. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:00 PM

    who is this guy, is he from super mario brothers? cause if it were me, i would of signed luigi tbh

  43. mongo3401 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:06 PM

    Ross should be announcing soon something stupid

  44. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Mar 8, 2016 7:11 PM

    Joke of a franchise.

  45. bakeberryjam says: Mar 8, 2016 7:20 PM

    Mario may not make a ton of sense to most teams, but he makes sense for Miami — cheaper than Wake and OV, can play all 3 downs, and on a 2 year deal he won’t have the luxury to take it easy, next year is already a contract year.
    Will be interesting to see how Vance Joseph utilizes him. Players respect him, even crazy guys like Pacman.

  46. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 8, 2016 7:38 PM

    it remains to be seen if these moves pan out. But the intention is good. Load up on defense. Could be a step in the right direction.

  47. beach305 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:44 PM

    All you can do as a fan is applaud the organization for doing everything possible to make the team better. It would be interesting to see Suh, Williams and Wake on the same line next season.

  48. godzillapimpin says: Mar 8, 2016 8:05 PM

    As a Dolphin fan I hate to be offseason champs year after year. However Steve Ross is rich, very rich. Has more money than almost every other NFL owner. What if he overpays and restructures contracts every year and pays outright in bonuses and keeps low salaries that don’t effect the cap much. Like the Suh deal year two. If that’s the case why is everyone talking so much smack. If I were a multi billionare and owned a team I would do just that. No risk no reward GO PHINS! ROSS GOT MORE MONEY THAN ALL YALL!

  49. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 8:08 PM

    YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Mar 8, 2016 7:38 PM
    it remains to be seen if these moves pan out. But the intention is good. Load up on defense. Could be a step in the right direction.
    ——–
    I just gave you a thumbs up… and as expected, hell just froze over.

  50. billsfan1 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:14 PM

    5 sacks huh? tsk tsk smh.
    —–
    Yeah, go figure. He had 38 his first 3 years in buff in a 4-3 (you do know the difference right?). I wonder if he’ll have something to prove when he’s back in a 4-3?.. next to Suh. tsk tsk (smiling).

    7 0

    With all due respect, he only dropped into coverage about 28 times last year, so this whole theory that he was asked to play some entirely different scheme is crazy. Even teammates said he quit. Take it for what it’s worth. I’m not saying he will quit in Miami but stop acting like REX ruined him… It’s all over the internet being shown multiple plays in which he gave half hearted effort because he was not the shiny new toy on the d. Jerry Hughes has been equally as good and is far more versatile than Williams.

  51. mx429 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:17 PM

    Who didn’t see this coming?
    Idiot owner and his incompetent GM saddle the poor fans with another overpriced, selfish quitter. Last year’s Sucker Bowl winners repeat easily.

  52. camdenyard says: Mar 8, 2016 8:32 PM

    As President Reagan used to say, “There he goes again”.

  53. tylawspick6 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:35 PM

    As a Pats fan, this is absolutely hilarious! A money grabbing LOSER 1st overall draft pick who wants tax free money and NO chance at a ring to finish his career for a loser owner, GM and rookie coach with no experience.

    OUCH.

    Miami will never, ever learn.

  54. buffalo75vette says: Mar 8, 2016 8:36 PM

    Feel sorry for Fins fans. 2 head cases in Suh and Williams. Neither one of them is a leader. All they care about is themselves. This has all the makings of a train wreck.

  55. tylawspick6 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:38 PM

    @VenerableAxiom

    Umm, the pats led the NFL with players on IR, 10 fo whom were starters or key complementary players.

    I am pretty sure Denver is lucky to have gotten a B Squad in 2013 and 2015.

    Don’t expect that many Pats players on IR next year.

    Think more like 2014.

    It’s seen alright. Oh, it’s seen.

    No worse than 12-4 and a 1 or 2 seed for NE, likely a 1 seed with no real threat in the AFC.

  56. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 8, 2016 8:48 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Mar 8, 2016 8:08 PM
    YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Mar 8, 2016 7:38 PM
    it remains to be seen if these moves pan out. But the intention is good. Load up on defense. Could be a step in the right direction.
    I just gave you a thumbs up… and as expected, hell just froze over I can talk football with the best of ’em. I can also troll with the best of ’em. If I see anyone dishing it out, then they better be able to take it too. It’s not my cup of tea, but you gotta defend the fort. It is pro football and competitive juices flow. It’s natural. But tiring. Good luck, you’re only a head coach and a QB away from getting over the hump. Nothing personal. Therapy.

  57. fanofpft says: Mar 8, 2016 8:51 PM

    I saw the GIFs Pete Pricko posted and everyone claiming Williams Quit. And I don’t see it.

  58. jwm042085 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:57 PM

    Oh fin fans…your jerseys are so cute, girls love the colors, good thing is your team plays just as tough as your mascot looks

  59. annes22 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:04 PM

    Some of you need to get a life. Reading some of the crap on here is just like reading stuff from children. It’s pathetic, because no one has a clue what will happen next season, unless you have a crystal ball, and that I doubt.

  60. cowboy2016 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:10 PM

    The dumb franchises make a splash in free agency like this. The Titans with DeMarco Murray and the Dolphins with Mario Williams. And last year with Suh.

  61. Angry Orange Man says: Mar 8, 2016 9:27 PM

    I thought the Dolphins had $7 million in cap room after transitioning Vernon. Where are they getting all this money?

  62. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 9:30 PM

    cowboy2016 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 9:10 PM

    The dumb franchises make a splash in free agency like this. The Titans with DeMarco Murray and the Dolphins with Mario Williams. And last year with Suh.
    —–
    Suh was very good last year, he graded out #2 in the league at DT, #3 overall DL, and restructured his contract. They just signed Mario Williams for 8 mil a year. When your 6-10, you do what you have to do. Now tell me, which teams haven’t at one time or another signed known free agents.

  63. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2016 9:51 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 8:38 PM

    @VenerableAxiom

    Umm, the pats led the NFL with players on IR, 10 fo whom were starters or key complementary players.

    I am pretty sure Denver is lucky to have gotten a B Squad in 2013 and 2015.

    Don’t expect that many Pats players on IR next year.

    Think more like 2014.

    It’s seen alright. Oh, it’s seen.

    No worse than 12-4 and a 1 or 2 seed for NE, likely a 1 seed with no real threat in the AFC.
    ———
    What you talkin bout willis?

  64. beachsidejames says: Mar 8, 2016 10:35 PM

    As we sing “We are the champions”….must be offseason.

  65. catquick says: Mar 8, 2016 11:32 PM

    “Players respect him!” Um…not so much. It was revealed today that the Jets players were joking with some Bills players about how he quit this year and they weren’t worried about him. This was on the field during warmups.

  66. catquick says: Mar 8, 2016 11:35 PM

    fanofpft says he doesn’t see it, about Williams quitting. You must be the Ray Charles of football analysis. You really are stretching. How could you not see it. BTW…Mario told the Bills 2 weeks ago he wanted to stay and would play at $8 mil. They let him walk. With a shark like Whaley who collects talent doing that, it should tell you something.

  67. ivanpavlov0000 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:09 AM

    Tom Brady just wet his Depends.

  68. thetooloftools says: Mar 9, 2016 4:36 AM

    At the end of the day, it’s Miami.
    WHO CARES?
    When is the last time the made ANY regular season noise?

  69. idpfantasyfootball says: Mar 9, 2016 8:07 AM

    Super Mario joins Donkey Kong Suh!!

    This team needs a Luigi…

  70. joetorontoisaclown says: Mar 9, 2016 1:11 PM

    finsphan says:
    Mar 8, 2016 5:41 PM
    If I were Mario, I would have quit playing for the Bill’s too, especially when Rex came in
    _____________________________
    Why would anyone in any profession quit because of another person? You sure have the all the makings of a successful person.

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