Mario Williams has been suspect this year in Rex Ryan’s defense. he has a total of 16 tackles and four sacks through 14 games of the season. Williams is expected to play today, and according to Ian Rapoport he may only have a few games remaining as a Buffalo Bills defender.
Per Rapoport, don’t be surprised if Williams doesn’t return to Buffalo next season and hits the free-agent market. There is a “clear, fundamental disconnect” between Ryan and his defensive line and Williams might be at the heart of the trouble.
While Ryan’s scheme is complicated, it has produced results in the past. The issue here might be getting certain players to buy in — guys like Williams who are typically used in a pass-rush first role but Williams has been asked to shoulder a lot more responsibility.
Williams and Ryan have been horrible this year, while just a year ago under Jim Schwartz, Williams was an animal. Makes you wonder what the Bills could get for Williams if they were to trade him.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Williams would free up $12.9 million in cap space for the Bills while creating $7 million in dead money.