Mario Williams open to taking pay cut to stay with Bills

Wednesday February 24th, 2016

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Wednesday that he is willing to take a pay cut to stay with the team.

“Yeah, I mean, it all depends on what it is happening,” Williams said. “My thing is this...obviously I’ve had big contracts, but once you get on a team and you get around the guys, it becomes family. The guys on defense, we laugh and talk about anything. We do a bunch of stuff together on and off the field, obviously. It’s bigger than just numbers. But at the same time, as far what you said about it being feasible, a (cap) crunch is a crunch.”

There had been speculation Williams and the team would part ways after an at-times rocky first season under head coach Rex Ryan.

Williams’s cap hit is $19.9 million this season, and the Bills would free up nearly $13 million by cutting him. He has two more years remaining on the six-year, $96 million deal he signed back in 2012.

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Buffalo also has impending free agents in offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito.

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