A “person with direct knowledge of discussions” told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills plan to cut star defensive end Mario Williams in the offseason. “Super Mario” has two years left on the six-year, $100 million contract he signed in free agency in March 2012.
According to the article, the former Texans first round draft pick is set to make an $11.5 million base salary next year. The Bills will save more than $12 million under the NFL’s salary cap by cutting him.
Williams has 96 career sacks, 38 in his first three seasons in Buffalo. Last season, Mario had a career best 14.5 sacks. But, this season Buffalo’s D ranks 20th in yards allowed and 31st in sacks with Mario only notching four sacks in 14 games.
Reign of Troy
Coach Rex Ryan’s system is to blame as the primary pass rusher, Williams, was asked to occasionally drop back into coverage, a task the master sack artist has never ever done in his career.
With Jason Pierre-Paul’s future up in the air, the Giants should at least talk to Mario. Before 2015, Williams had double-digit sacks the past 3 seasons and it’s a certainty Spags would never ask the 4-time Pro Bowler to drop into coverage.
JPP took a lot of blame for the Giants shortcomings this season, and though he’s helped the pass rush in his return, the ability to grab, hold, and tackle is all but lost.
Mario will be 31 next season. If the Giants can get him for a couple years at $11 million each, wouldn’t you take that? The lack of pass rush cost the team wins. If the Giants get to Romo, to Ryan, to Brees, to Fitz, to Brady, they finish ’15 with double-digit wins and a chance to run the table in the playoffs.
What do you think? Should the Giants sign Super Mario?