Mario Williams open to taking pay cut to stay with Bills

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