HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — The NFL free agency period was barely an hour old Tuesday afternoon and defensive end/outside linebacker Mario Williams is already on the trail and the path seems to be going away from Houston.
Are we surprised?
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Texans free agent outside linebacker went to Buffalo Bills on Tuesday for a recruiting-like visit. The NFL free agency period began Tuesday at 3 p.m. and the league’s most coveted defensive free agent has made the Bills his first stop.
And if the Bills have their way it will be Williams’ only stop. They’ve rolled out the red carpet with general manager Buddy Nix and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt flying down and personally picking Williams up and bringing him back to Buffalo on a private jet Tuesday evening.
The belief is if Williams leaves Buffalo on Wednesday without without committing that he won’t sign with the Bills. But Buffalo is prepared to make it difficult for Williams not to commit with plans to make him one of the richest defensive players in the game while also giving him a chance to return to his comfort zone in the 4-3 defensive scheme.
The Bills have the cap room to offer Williams the type of money he is said to be seeking. Additionally, Jacksonville, Seattle, Chicago, Tampa and Atlanta are also believed to be interested in luring one of the most coveted pass rushing defensive end/linebackers in the game.
The Texans also remain hopeful they can convince their former No.1 overall draft pick to re-sign but now that he is on the open market it will be extremely difficult.