Earlier we told you that we’d be cruising into the weekend with a parting shot at Al Davis, and that was a lie. Thanks, Buffalo.
The Bills’ season concluded last year with four wins, little optimism, and the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, but there were a few sources of hope. One was the continued strength up front by defensive tackle Kyle Williams, and the other was the emergence of wide receiver Stevie Johnson, both of whom needed to be secured to long-term contracts.
Now the veteran defensive rock has been accommodated, while the upstart youngster waits his turn.
The Bills agreed to six-year extension with Williams worth $39 million, $17 million of which is guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal tacks on two years to the fifth-round pick’s existing four-year contract, and also restructures the final two years.
Williams finished tied for fifth among defensive tackles with 5.5 sacks in 2010, and has 13.5 sacks over his five-year career. His sack total last year puts him in the company of Richard Seymour, Sedrick Ellis, and B.J. Raji. Now flanked by third overall pick Marcell Dareus and backed by a hopefully healthy Shawne Merriman for a full season, Williams has become the ideal anchor for a front seven looking to improve on its 32nd ranked run defense, and paltry 27 sacks.
With Williams’ long-rumored deal now finalized, the Bills will turn their attention to Johnson, whose rookie contract expires next March. Lee Evans is gone, so Johnson will see more balls launched in his direction, likely leading to more money landing in his pocket.