I talked about Bills DT Kyle Williams quite a bit this offseason. There’s a good reason for that – he was absolutely incredible in 2010. It’s tough to determine who’s the “best” player on a football team in most cases. Not so for Buffalo. It’s Kyle Williams. The fact that he was only an alternate to the Pro Bowl last year was a freaking travesty.
Fortunately, the Bills seem to recognize that they have a special talent on their hands. For a franchise that is pretty well-known for being pretty stingy with money, the Bills seem to being making sure they’re taking care of Williams. Williams was drafted in 2006, and the Bills gave him a very early contract extension back in 2008. The contract was worth up to $14.4 million over three years, and will keep Williams a Bill through 2012. (As a side note, I recall a lot of fans being VERY upset when this was announced. Those fans were wrong.)
Now, even though Williams has two years left on his contract, the Bills are already working on locking down Williams for several more seasons. Williams himself today told the Associated Press that his agent is in talks with the Bills in regards to an extension. “Yeah, they’re talking right now,” Williams told the AP. He didn’t provide any further details except to say his agent is handling discussions.
All I can say is thank goodness. Let me be clear: Williams is a superstar. If he gets on the open market, he’s going to get some serious money. It is incredibly hard to attract elite talent via free agency to Buffalo, so keeping the few elite players the Bills manage to draft needs to be a major priority. Thankfully, this appears to the be the plan in Williams’ case. Sign him ASAP, Buddy Nix.