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Bills Release Mario Williams with Two Years Left On Contract

Mario Williams

The Bills made some waves today, releasing former first overall pick Mario Williams, who was with Buffalo for four seasons.

SB Nation reports that Williams didn’t see eye to eye with new head coach Rex Ryan, which is part of the reason he was released.

During the season, the pass rusher was vocal about his unhappiness with Ryan’s scheme. The Bills went from the leading the league in 2014 with 54 sacks to dropping all the way to No. 31 with only 21 sacks in their first year under Ryan. Williams, who put up three consecutive double-digit sack seasons, had just five sacks in 2015. The year before, he led the team with a career-high 14.5 sacks.

While Williams has excelled as a pass rusher ever since the Houston Texans selected him with the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, he was given a lot more responsibility this season in Ryan’s complicated scheme. Not only were his sack numbers down from previous years, but he recorded just 19 tackles in 15 games and didn’t look as solid in run support as he had in the past.

Williams had two years left on a six-year, $96 million contract, and even before Ryan came in and took over the Bills this past offseason, he was considered a potential cap casualty. After his disappointing season, his release was considered only a matter of time.

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