Report: Bills to cut Mario Williams after season

Posted at 2:08 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-01 08:50:09-05

Since the Buffalo Bills lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in mid-October, it seemed like defensive end Mario Williams and the coaching staff of the team have been on a completely different page. After the loss, Williams complained about the defensive scheme not highlighting the strong-suit of the players on the field -- and he wasn't the only one.

However, three more times since those initial public comments, Williams has again made mention of some frustration with the lack of success on defense, and in turn, not trying something different than what they had been all year.

Those concerns from the defensive end will not be ones he has to have any longer past Sunday, according to the latest report.

John Wawrow of The Associated Press, citing a person with direct knowledge of discussions, reported that the Bills have every intention to cut Williams in the offseason. The report also indicates that there is no direct timetable as to when Williams will be let go.

The move makes sense for both parties -- with a disgruntled defensive player not fitting in with the coaching staff, and that player due to make as much Williams will in 2016 if he isn't released, it may be the best for both to move along. If on the roster, Williams will account for a cap hit of $19.9 million on the cap.

If the Bills were to release him, however, they would save $12.9 million on the cap, taking only a dead money hit of $7 million. If he doesn't collect a sack against the New York Jets, 2015 will be the lowest total of his career, setting a new mark that replaces his rookie year in 2006 when he had only 4.5 sacks.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia





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