Even after leaving Miami to visit with the New York Giants, free agent defensive end Mario Williams is expected to sign with the Dolphins.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins will pay Williams $8 million per season to play in Miami. The contract, Rapoport says, is for two years.
The #Dolphins deal with pass-rusher Mario Williams should come today, sources says, and it's expected to land him $8M per year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2016
Williams was released by the Buffalo Bills after four seasons where he put up 43 sacks in 63 games. With Miami, he’ll get to play against his former team two times a year, and is sure to get a nice, warm welcome from Bills fans during his first appearance in Buffalo next season.
With Williams signed, the attention now goes on Oliver Vernon, who the team placed the transition tag on last week. Vernon is free to sign an offer sheet with any team in the league, but the Dolphins will have a chance to match any offer thrown his way. But with Williams signed, one has to wonder if Miami, after acquiring cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso in a trade with Philadelphia, will want to pay Vernon the type of money he’ll command.
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