Bills release Aaron Williams

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Safety Aaron Williams’ father said in January that his son is leaning toward playing in 2017 despite season-ending neck injuries in each of the last two seasons.

If Williams does make it back to the field, it looks like he’ll have to find a team other than the Bills to give him a shot. Josina Anderson of ESPN reported on Thursday morning that the Bills will release Williams.

Williams was a second-round pick by the Bills in 2011 and saw his first starts as a rookie. He started 38 games between 2012 and 2014, but has played in just 10 games the last two years as a result of his neck problems. He’ll likely need to convince teams that he’s healthy enough to resume his career before he’ll get a contract for next season.

The move will save the Bills $1.775 million under the cap if it goes on the books right away and that number would rise to $4.2 million if he’s designated as a post-June 1 cut. The Bills wouldn’t be able to spend any of that money until after June 1 and Williams’ departure makes safety an area the team will need to address heading into the season.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m. ET: The Bills announced the move.

8 responses to “Bills release Aaron Williams

  1. Great player, best thing to do would be to retire with his neck injuries. The one against the Patriots in 2015 was part of the game, attempting to make a play. The 2016 hit by Jarvis Landry was the kind of cheap shot that the league claims it wants to stop. Landry was fined $ 24,000. Aaron Williams career is over. Wish the best for Aaron Williams

  2. Aaron Williams reminds me of one of the characters from the series Friday Night Lights… Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose… Williams has been a leader in the defensive backfield since the day he stepped on it. He is definitely a fan favorite in Buffalo and will really be missed. It’s easy for me to say, but if I were him I’d call it a career. He should have made enough money over his 6 years to get by fine until he finds his next opportunity in life. Broadcasting? He has the look and definitely has the personality. Whatever he decides to do, BillsMafia will miss him!

  3. Aaron Williams is one of the few guys on the current roster I would be willing to lay down the coin to wear his jersey. Such a great guy! Good on the field, good in the locker room and good in the community! He was a big heart, big effort player that gave the team everything. Thanks to the dirt bag Jarvis Landry for ushering him into early retirement.

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