How badly do the Buffalo Bills want to sign free-agent defensive end Mario Williams? Here's how badly -- according to Mark Gaughan of Buffalo News, the team is committed to making Williams the top-paid defensive player in the NFL.
That's a lofty goal. The Chicago Bears signed Julius Peppers for six years and $91.5 million in 2010, with over half that money guaranteed. But the Bills are dying to sign Williams, the two-time Pro Bowler with 53 career sacks to his name.
Bills general manager Buddy Nix flew down to North Carolina with defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt to pick up Williams and bring him to Buffalo for a dinner with team officials.
The team is looking to finalize a deal with Williams as soon as possible. If the star defensive end leaves Buffalo without a new contract in hand, the Bills are unlikely to have a shot at signing the former No. 1 pick later.