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Dolphins land Mario Williams

Dolphins land Mario Williams
Posted at 10:54 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 23:19:21-05

To clear up a great deal of cap room, the Buffalo Bills released defensive end Mario Williams last week in an effort to re-sign some of their own, and, to go all in on Rex Ryan's defensive scheme for the 2016 season.

As a released player, Williams didn't have to wait for the free agent market to open up on Wednesday at 4:00 pm to sign with another team.

The Miami Dolphins signed the defensive end on Tuesday night.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, he'll make around $8 million per season.

Williams signed the richest free agent contract in team history at the time, and played four years of the original six-year, $100 million contract with the Bills. Upon his release, the Bills saved $12.9 million on the 2016 salary cap.

The Dolphins also traded for former Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso on Monday, who the team traded to Philadelphia last year in return for running back LeSean McCoy. The New York Giants were said to be in the mix for Williams, but separate reports indicate that the franchise is moving in a different direction.

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