Mario Williams Brings National Spotlight To Buffalo

March 16, 2012 Updated Mar 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 16, 2012 Updated Mar 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Many analysts said while the Mario Williams deal with the Buffalo Bills is expensive, it is worth every penny. They said it puts the team and the city in the spotlight.

Media outlets from ESPN, Fox Sports and the NFL Network are all talking about the deal. The main reason is money. This is the most cash paid for a defensive player in NFL history.

The multi-year deal is worth close to $100 million, but Williams is guaranteed $50 million upfront. It’s money well spent according to insiders. Here is what one analyst had to say about the situation.

“What this does in the perception of the Buffalo Bills in terms of future free agents. Right now, the Bills are not looked at as desirable in terms of free agents. Now that they have Mario Williams, players are going to look at this and say, wait a second something is going on there in Buffalo and I am going to check it out. Buffalo backed up the Brinks truck, and maybe there is something there and I should actually explore my options in Buffalo,” Teddy Bruschi, an analyst with ESPN said.

Twitter also lit up with Williams Tweets. In fact, according to NFL Network, it has been one of the most tweeted stories in the sports world over the past 24 hours.

Not everyone is cheering this move. Channel 7 received emails from viewers, mostly Erie County taxpayers, who are not happy with this deal.

Currently, Erie County gives the Bills about $8 million in tax subsidies and some taxpayers aren’t celebrating this decision. Some of the comments are questioning what this says about our value system.

One viewer wrote that soldiers, politicians, policemen and firemen don’t make a fraction of what Williams received. Another viewer said doctors who save countless lives, neurosurgeons and even the president doesn’t make that much money.

Williams has not specifically addressed these critics, he simply said he’s happy to be here.

"From talking to the coaches and just seeing this area, the facilities, knowing what upgrades are coming. That was it. I heard so much stuff about this city and it's not fair. There are great people here. There is caring compassion, compassionate people that definitely have your back, I can see that already,” Williams said.

As we discovered that can buy a lot with the upfront $50 million that Williams is receiving. Here are some examples. That amount of money is what BP Oil has spent on its entire public relations campaign to help recover from that horrible oil spill disaster in the Gulf. That money could also cover all the legal fees spent to defend former executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This is also the amount of cash New York spent to rebuild the entire Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

Again sports analysts are saying this is a good thing for Buffalo. It not only puts the spotlight on the city, but also makes it a city more free agents would like to explore and come to when looking for a football team.