He's the biggest name and the best player available, and he's giving the Bills the first crack at landing his services. Aside from Terrell Owens, who could only scare up a one-year deal for himself at the time, you might have to go back to the mid-'90s and Bryce Paup to find the last time the Bills were able to lure someone else's big-name free agent. It just doesn't happen that often.
Maybe Williams, a defensive end, will end up signing there and maybe he won't ‒ the Bills are excited that he's even in town. News of the visit is the top news item on the official Bills website right now.
Here's more from the super-excited Bills:
Bills GM Buddy Nix and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt flew to North Carolina Tuesday afternoon to personally escort free agent DE Mario Williams back to Buffalo by private jet. Williams agreed to see what the Bills had to offer and traveled back to Buffalo with Nix and Wannstedt.
Williams is now [note: as of about 6:30 p.m. ET Tuesday] having dinner with Nix, Wannstedt, CEO Russ Brandon, head coach Chan Gailey and DT Kyle Williams this evening as the Bills brass put on the full court press to land the prized free agent.
And there's no reason that the Bills shouldn't be excited. That a superstar like Williams is considering them amounts to a vote of confidence. He can go just about anywhere he wants. If he didn't believe he could win in Buffalo, and if he didn't like the foundation and coaching staff in place, he wouldn't be there. And landing Williams would only make it easier to land other targets on their free-agent list.
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