Nolan Carroll, Chris Williams visiting Bills

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On the second day in which free agent deals can be struck, the Bills are hosting a pair of unsigned players who combined to start 28 games in 2013.

Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll and Rams guard/tackle Chris Williams are in Buffalo to meet with the team, the Bills said Wednesday. Both are unrestricted free agents.

Carroll, 27, recorded 47 tackles, 11 passes defended and three interceptions in 2013. He appeared in 16 games, making 12 starts. The 6-1, 205-pound Carroll is on the taller side for the position.

Williams (6-6, 326) started all 16 games at left guard for St. Louis a season ago. The Bears’ first-round pick in 2008, the 28-year-old Williams can also play tackle. He has made 54 starts in six NFL seasons.

5 responses to “Nolan Carroll, Chris Williams visiting Bills

  1. I’ll admit that it’s depressing as a fan to watch other teams go out and be big players in free agency every year, knowing that your team is already shopping the secondary market while better players are still out there.

    That being said, they’re sticking to their word of trying to build through their draft and trying to keep their own. We need one more draft like last years, and they need to get some sneaky pickups in FA ala Branch and Lawson. It’s been slow, but the signs of improvement are there.

    Now, if they could just win a little more, maybe they wouldn’t have to worry about vastly over paying their own players to stick around….

  2. I used to feel that disappointment seeing the Bills as non-players in free agency. I’ve grown more to worrying about the team scouting and hitting the drafts with success, developing those players and forming the continuity from within. I’m now more on the side of smart additions via free agency with players that fit the mold, instead of forcing big name free agents into the mold. I’m encouraged by the Whaley/Marrone plan and just hope they can build upon the positivity from last season.

  3. Seems like Bills fans have a very short memory. You’re not going to be a “player” in FA every year. What team could afford to do that? Anyone remember Mario Williams signing the largest defensive FA contract in the history of the NFL 2 years ago?

    The Bills need to be smart with their cash, focus on keeping their own (Dareus, Spiller, Glenn all up soon), spend wisely and draft well.

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