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Bills Land Mario Williams: Contract Reportedly Worth Up To $100 Million

The Bills picked up the top defensive free agent in Mario Williams, who agreed to a six-year deal.

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Tashard Choice Will Re-Sign With Bills

The Buffalo Bills announced on Saturday that running back Tashard Choice had re-signed with the club. Choice was signed by the Bills as a late-season addition — his third team last year after starting the season with the Dallas Cowboys with a brief stop with the Washington Redskins before landing in upstate New York. He was claimed off waivers when Fred Jackson's season ended with a broken leg in late November.

In six games with Buffalo last season, he had 23 carries for 70 yards and seven catches for 51 yards in a backup role to C.J. Spiller. Choice will compete with Spiller for a backup running back spot behind Jackson, who will re-take his starting spot. A Georgia Tech product, this will be Choice's fifth season after three relatively productive seasons in a crowded backfield rotation in Dallas.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Bills' offseason maneuvers, head over to Buffalo Rumblings.

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Mark Anderson Is The Latest Pass Rusher To Join Buffalo Bills

Defensive end Mark Anderson has signed a four-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, less than a week after the team signed Mario Williams to a massive contract. The Bills apparently were not messing around when they sought out to improve their anemic pass rush from last season. Anderson had 10 sacks last year with the New England Patriots.

The Bills finished 27th in the NFL in 2011 with 29 quarterback sacks. With Williams and Anderson, they should have a pair of pass rushers now that can rival any in the league. Anderson played in just 15 games over two seasons prior to joining the Pats, but recorded his highest sack total last year since recording 12 in his rookie season with the Chicago Bears. He and Williams have already been teammates before, playing together on the Houston Texans in 2010.

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Mario Williams Is A $100 Million Man

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly given Mario Wililams a six-year contract that is worth up to $100 million. Monster numbers for the top defensive player in free agency. The Bills have significantly improved their pass rush and their defense as a whole with this move.

ESPN has reported that the deal is worth up to $100 million over six years and $50 million of that is guaranteed. That's more than the six-year, $91.5 million deal Julius Peppers signed with the Chicago Bears which makes Williams the highest paid defensive player in the NFL (he still can't touch Calvin Johnson's $132 million deal).

It'll be interesting to see how the contract is structured because we've had other players receive $100 million deals (looking at you, Albert Haynesworth) that never really panned out.

This contract makes the whole Mario Williams vs. Reggie Bush debate six years ago seem a little silly.

For more on Williams' blockbuster deal with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.


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Mario Williams Gets 6-Year Contract From Buffalo Bills, According To Report

The Buffalo Bills have a 1:30 p.m. (ET) press conference planned for Thursday afternoon to formally announce the addition of free agent Mario Williams. Previous reports out of Buffalo indicated the Bills would make Williams the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

ESPN reports Williams' deal is for six years. No word on the numbers yet but if they really did make him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL then the total value should be above the $91.5 million Julius Peppers received on his six-year deal from the Chicago Bears.

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora can't confirm but hears Williams will average $16 million per season and $50 million guaranteed. That would put the total value around $96 million.

The Bills are building a nice defensive line after picking up Marcel Dareus last year and now Williams. If Peyton Manning goes to the Dolphins, they'll need all the pass rushers they can get.

For more on Williams' blockbuster deal with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Bills Plan Press Conference To Announce Mario Williams Deal

The Buffalo Bills have done it. They've signed the top defensive player in free agency. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Bills have scheduled a 1:30 p.m. (ET) press conference to announce the addition of Mario Williams, formerly of the Houston Texans.

Williams, the former No. 1 overall pick, is a major signing for the Bills, who said they wanted to make a "big splash" in free agency. His contract is expected to make him the highest paid defensive player in the game, which means it will surpass the six-year, $91.5 million deal Julius Peppers received from the Chicago Bears.

The Bills are in the AFC East and must face the New England Patriots twice a year. One of the only ways to slow down Tom Brady and Co. is to pressure him as much as possible. That's what Williams will do as the Bills return to the 4-3 defense.

The Bills aren't usually known for spending big bucks in free agency but they landed the big fish with this one.

For more on Williams' blockbuster deal with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Mario Williams' Deal With Bills Expected To Get Done

Sounds like the Mario Williams deal with the Buffalo Bills will get done, according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com who cites a source close to the situation who says the deal "will be done." Williams is the No. 1 defensive free agent on the market.

Williams is expected to land a deal that's bigger than the six-year, $91.5 million deal the Chicago Bears gave Julius Peppers, making him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

Buffalo was Williams' first visit which shows you the importance of getting a guy into your facility before anyone else does in free agency. The Bills have had Williams in Buffalo for the last two days so it appears they're completing the negotiations process and Williams will soon be a Bill.

For more on Williams potentially signing with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills 'Close To A Deal'

The Buffalo Bills plan to make free agent Mario Williams an offer he can't refuse. Reportedly, the Bills plan to make Williams an offer that would surpass Julius Peppers' contract with the Chicago Bears, making him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

According to multiple reports, the two sides are nearing a deal. ESPN reports the Bills have met most of Williams' conditions for a contract and the two sides are "close to a deal".

Outside of Peyton Manning, Mario Williams is the top player on the free agent market. This would be a major coup for Buffalo, who was intent on fixing their pass rush in free agency.

Buffalo was Williams' first free agent visit and he hasn't left at this point. Sounds like it's only a matter of time before the Bills are announcing a mega-deal for Williams.

For more on Williams potentially signing with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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2012 NFL Free Agents: Best Remaining Players Include Peyton Manning, Mario Williams

Peyton Manning and Mario Williams lead the list of remaining free agents. A lot of talent is still available on the open market after two days of free agency.

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Bills Plan To Make Mario Williams Highest-Paid Defensive Player In NFL

The Buffalo Bills aren't messing around in free agency. After GM Buddy Nix said the team would make a big splash and then back out of free agency, the Bills brought in DE Mario Williams, the No. 1 free agent, for a visit. He's been in Buffalo the last two days and he's about to become a richer man. Whether that money is coming from Buffalo remains to be the seen but it's clear the market for Williams is astronomical.

According to a report from the Buffalo News, the Bills' offer to Williams would make him the highest-paid defensive player in the game, which means it would eclipse the six-year, $91.5 million deal Julius Peppers signed with the Chicago Bears.

Williams is obviously a major talent playing a premium position in his prime. The cards are all set for him to set an NFL record during this free agency period.

Williams' decision, whether it's Buffalo or another visit, should be coming soon.

For more on Williams potentially signing with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Free Agent Mario Williams Has Another Visit After Bills

On Tuesday night there were reports out of Buffalo that the Bills planned to make free agent Mario Williams the highest paid defensive player in NFL history and that they were confident they would be able to sign him.

They may end up signing him, but it sounds like Williams will be shopping around a little more. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports Williams, who arrived in Buffalo on Tuesday, will take his time with the visit.

He also has another visit scheduled. The identity of the team is unknown.

The "one other visit scheduled" report could be a negotiating ploy from Williams' camp. The Bills brass does not want him boarding a plane and visiting another team. Thus, saying other visits are scheduled could be a way to entice the Bills to up the ante on their contract offer.

The Bills said earlier in the week that they planned to make a "big splash" early in free agency and then get out. Signing Williams within 48 hours of free agency counts as a big splash.

For more on Williams potentially signing with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Bills Plan Big Offer For Mario Williams; Robert Meachem Visits Too

When I first heard the news that free agent Mario Williams would be visiting the Buffalo Bills, I thought it was just be the first stop of many planned visits. Apparently, the Bills are hoping he doesn't even leave Buffalo. The Buffalo News reported the Bills planned to make Williams the highest paid defensive player in the game and WGR 550 reports the Bills fully expect to sign him in the next 24 hours.

That would be enough to get him to stick around in Buffalo.

Williams is the No. 1 free agent on the market this year and it would be a major coup if Buffalo could sign him. They were intent on fixing the pass rush and GM Buddy Nix indicated earlier this week that Buffalo would make a big splash early in free agency and then start to bow out. Williams would certainly qualify as a big splash.

The Bills are also hoping to sign WR Robert Meachem, who is visiting the team as well.

For more on Williams and Meachem potentially signing with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Mario Williams' Free Agency Tour Starts With Buffalo Bills

Mario Williams' free agency odyssey will begin with the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams is coming off a second straight season that was ended by a trip to the injured reserve, this time with a pectoral muscle tear that limited him to five games, but he is still likely to be one of the top free agents on the market.

The Bills could likely afford to pay Williams a fair amount of money, as they are expected to have plenty of salary cap space. Visiting a team like Buffalo, coming off a 6-10 season in which they allowed more points than all but two teams, could be seen as a way of establishing a market for his services. Williams is also expected to visit the Chicago Bears, who are believed to be the front-runners for his services.

That the Bills would be interested, though, should not surprising. Williams has averaged about .65 sacks per game over the course of his six-year career, which translates to more than 10 sacks in a 16-game season. The Bills were tied for 27th in the NFL with just 29 sacks last season.

For more on Williams potentially signing with the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings.

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Bills Free Agency: 'Big Splash' Is Coming

As the clock winds down on Tuesday, March 13 towards the 4 p.m. ET start of NFL free agency, some teams are getting ready to make significant moves. One of the those teams ready to make a big splash, apparently, is the Buffalo Bills.

While the splash the Bills plan to make wasn't specified, they could go a handful of different ways. The Bills recently re-signed wide receiver Stevie Johnson, but the team still needs another receiver. General manager Buddy Nix has a history with free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson, so he could be a possibility. The Bills are also moving back to a 4-3 defense, so someone like Jeremy Mincey or Mario Williams could be a big target.

For more free agency updates, head to SB Nation's Bills site, Buffalo Rumblings.

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Bills Free Agency 2012: Buffalo Needs Offensive Line Help

The Buffalo Bills started the season off on a hot streak, but fell apart in the middle of the season and ended up finishing the 2011 season with a 6-10 record. The team gave quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a big contract extension last year, they were able to re-sign Steve Johnson and running back Fred Jackson will be returning from a broken leg, which should help the Bills bounce back in 2012.

When it comes to free agency, the Bills aren't going to lose a lot of players. Left tackle Demetrius Bell, middle linebacker Kirk Morrison top the list of free agents that could possibly be leaving Buffalo, which leaves the team in pretty good shape. The Bills have a decent amount of money to throw around so they can likely bring back most, if not all of their free agents as long as the price isn't too high.

As far as players that the Bills could benefit from bringing in, the team could use some help at wide receiver to take some pressure off of Steve Johnson. A player like Mario Manningham could help or even somebody like Braylon Edwards would be a decent signing. The Bills would benefit from signing more offensive linemen for depth and as well as more pass rushers.

For more free agency updates, head to SB Nation's Bills site, Buffalo Rumblings.

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Bills Free Agency: Scott Chandler Re-Ups In Buffalo

Nothing is official yet but it appears tight end Scott Chandler will be returning to the Buffalo Bills. SB Nation's Buffalo Rumblings points out this tweet from Chandler: "Reunited and it feels so good!!! Blessed to be back with the Bills! Nowhere else I want to be! Thank you Lord for this opportunity!"

His agent has since confirmed to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com that it's a two-year contract.

The Bills brought back Stevie Johnson earlier this month with a five-year deal so they're locking up a few of their top receivers. Chandler had the best season of his career with six touchdown receptions (tying a Bills franchise record). The impressive part, as Buffalo Rumblings notes, is that he had just one catch in his first four years in the league.

Chandler was originally a fourth-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2007 NFL draft. He's also played for the Dallas Cowboys.

Check out Buffalo Rumblings for the full details on Chandler's deal.

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Bills Free Agency: Vincent Jackson An Option, According To Report

The Buffalo Bills recently locked in wide receiver Steve Johnson for five years, but that doesn't mean they're done on the free agency front at the wide receiver position. The Bills are interested in impending free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson, according to a report out of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Buffalo Rumblings, SB Nation's Bills blog makes note of the connection between Jackson and the Bills.

Jackson, as most of you are aware, has a direct tie to Bills GM Buddy Nix; Nix was the Chargers' Assistant GM when Jackson was made a second-round pick in 2005. Since then, Jackson has blossomed into one of the better wide receivers in the league, including a Pro Bowl appearance in 2009. For his career, he has 272 receptions, 4,754 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Pairing up the duo of Vincent Jackson and Stevie Johnson would give the Bills a heck of a receiving duo and a nice set of targets for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to target. Jackson is believed to be highly sought after in the free agent market.

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings.

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Details Of Stevie Johnson's New Contract With Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills and pending free agent wide receiver Stevie Johnson agreed to a new five-year contract on Monday morning, allowing the Bills to avoid placing the franchise tag on the talented, young wide receiver. Details of Johnson's contract have now emerged from Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Johnson's deal isn't massive, but it should set the free agency market going forward. The deal for Johnson is front loaded, as to not strap the Bills against the salary cap in the later ends of the deals if Johnson's play falls off. Johnson has led the Bills in receptions and receiving yards the past two seasons, notching back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings.

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Stevie Johnson, Bills Agree To 5-Year Contract; Press Conference Scheduled

The Buffalo Bills have set a Monday morning press conference, which most people think is to announce a contract extension with receiver Stevie Johnson. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that the two sides agreed on a five-year contract to keep Johnson in Buffalo.

A report on Sunday night said the two sides were close. The Bills wanted to keep Johnson, and he wanted to stay in Buffalo. Things like this usually work out when both sides want a deal done.

Johnson is one of the few playmakers on offense for the Bills. He has more than 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and at age 25 he's still young, which means more good years should be coming.

The Bills indicated last week that the franchise tag was still a possibility if they could not reach an agreement with Johnson. The tag would have paid him about $9.5 million on a one-year deal.

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings.


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Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills Close To Deal, According To Report

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson may not receive a franchise tag after all, according to a report on Sunday evening. While the Bills and Johnson have been working on a long-term deal, the two sides had been far apart in negotiation, leading to speculation that the team may use its franchise tag on the wide receiver. However, a deal appears to be coming together, allowing the Bills to use their tag elsewhere if everything works out as planned.

The report comes from Adam Schefter.

Johnson is in line for a significant pay raise after stringing together productive seasons in the Bills offense. If the Bills do opt to use the franchise tag on him, which seems unlikely at this point, it would cost the team somewhere in the neighborhood of $9.5 million.

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings.

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Bills GM: Franchise Tag Still Possible For Stevie Johnson

The Buffalo Bills want to make sure that a few of their key components from last season will return in 2012. The top priority on their list is impending free agent wide receiver Steve Johnson. Johnson and the team exchanged proposals in mid-February, but the most recent news was that the two sides were fairly far apart.

If the Bills feel like they're unlikely to work out a new contract, they would have until March 5 to apply the franchise tag to Johnson. Otherwise, the wideout will hit the open market on March 13. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio reports that Bills' general manager Buddy Nix isn't ruling out using the franchise tag to retain Johnson, despite earlier reports that it was unlikely.

You know everything's an option. I read in the paper or somebody sent it to me the other day that we definitely were not going to tag him. I don't know who they talked to, I'd like to talk to them maybe see what we're gonna do with some of those other guys. So I don't know who the source was but they don't know, I can promise you that. Again, that's an option we've got until March 5 to decide.

Nix mentioned that the team was going to need another wide receiver even if Johnson does return. If the Bills don't come to an agreement or apply the tag, they'll be looking for two wide receivers via the draft or free agency, which may prove daunting.

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings.

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Stevie Johnson, Bills 'Far Apart'; Franchise Tag Unlikely?

Buffalo Bills' wide receiver Steve Johnson is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in the 2012 NFL offseason, but the two parties are planning to exchange contract proposals at the NFL combine. As it stands, the Buffalo Bills and Johnson are "far apart" in contract negotiations, according to a report by the Associated Press.

A person familiar with the contract talks between the Buffalo Bills and Stevie Johnson said the two sides remain "far apart," and added that the receiver doesn't expect the team to use its franchise tag to retain him.

The report states that the Bills are unlikely to place the franchise tag on Johnson, which would pay him between $9.4 million and $9.8 million guaranteed for the season. Johnson has led the Bills in receiving the past two season, gaining over 1,000 yards receiving in back-to-back seasons. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement before NFL free agency begins on March 13, Johnson is expected to have plenty of suitors.

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings.

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Stevie Johnson, Bills Exchange Contract Proposals, According To Report

Free agent wide receiver Stevie Johnson and the Buffalo Bills have exchanged contract proposals, according to a report by Rodney McKissic of The Buffalo News. Johnson is currently scheduled to hit free agency in 2012 as an unrestricted free agent if a deal cannot be worked out by March 13, the official start of the new league year.

The Bills submitted a proposal over a week ago and Johnson's agent, C.J. LaBoy, countered the team's offer on Monday, according to the source. There have been no further talks although the two sides are scheduled to meet next week in Indianapolis.

Johnson broke out in his third season with the Buffalo Bills in 2010, catching 82 passes for 1,073 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Johnson repeated that performance in the 2011 season, hauling in 76 passes for 1,004 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Johnson was originally drafted by the Bills in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft, but is looking to sign a long-term deal in Buffalo or somewhere else, if he hits free agency.

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings.

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Bills Free Agents 2012: Steve Johnson, Demetrius Bell Among Impending Free Agents

After a hot start in 2011, the Buffalo Bills came crashing back to earth in a big way, finishing the season 6-10 and tied with the Miami Dolphins for last place in the AFC East. They have a lot of issues to address in the offseason, but perhaps they will first focus on their crop of players who are about to become free agents. Most notable in this group are LT Demetrius Bell and WR Steve Johnson.

The Bills have already dealt with a couple of their free agent issues. LS Garrison Sanborn signed a three-year extension and K Rian Lindell also signed an extension.

Here is the complete list of Bills free agents, courtesy of Mac's Football Blog.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (2)

RB Bruce Hall
K Brandon Coutu

Restricted Free Agents (2)

OL Chad Rinehart
OL Kraig Urbik

Unrestricted Free Agents (13)

RB Tashard Choice
WR Derek Hagan
WR Steve Johnson
WR Ruvell Martin
WR Roscoe Parrish
TE Scott Chandler
OT Demetrius Bell
LB Andra Davis
LB Kirk Morrison
LB Reggie Torbor
CB Reggie Corner
S Bryan Scott
K Dave Rayner

For all news and information regarding the Buffalo Bills, please visit Buffalo Rumblings.

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