After four seasons in Buffalo, Mario Williams’ time as a member of the Bills is coming to an end.
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Williams has been told by the team that he will be released. This allows Williams to now sign with a team before the league’s free agency period opens up on March 9.
I'm told by a source Bills DE Mario Williams has been informed he's been released.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 1, 2016
In four seasons with the Bills, Williams has played in 63 games, recording 43 sacks and 145 total tackles. In 2015, however, he had just five sacks and 19 tackles. It’s a large drop off from the 14.5 sacks he had in 2014.
He had two years remaining on a $100 million contract signed back in 2012, and was scheduled to be a $19.9 million cap hit in 2016.
By releasing Williams, the Bills will have more money to sign left tackle Cordy Glenn and cornerback Stephon Gilmore to long-term contracts. The team is also in talks with quarterback Tyrod Taylor on an extension after his breakthrough season in 2015.
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