A major criticism fans have of the Bills’ front office in recent years is that every good player the Bills produce seems to leave for greener pastures (i.e. bigger money) partway through their careers.
Well, that won’t be an issue with star DT Kyle Williams. The Bills and Williams have reportedly agreed to a six-year contract extension that could be worth as much as $39 million, with $17 million guaranteed.
Williams, originally a fifth-round draft pick out of LSU, has steadily improved during his time in Buffalo, rapidly becoming one the league’s elite defensive tackles. Last season was Williams’s masterpiece, as he terrorized interior offensive lineman around the league. He racked up 77 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He was so dominant Pro Football Focus (a group specializing in advanced football metrics) considered him the 3rd-best player in the entire NFL last season. Somehow, he was only an alternate to the Pro Bowl, but he was eventually placed on the team.
This is obviously a great move by the Bills. The price is steep, no doubt, but Williams is worth it. He’s a tremendous talent and a class act in the locker room – Bills rookie DT Michael Jasper raved about Williams’s leadership and his willingness to help young players in BLD’s exclusive interview with Jasper.
Hopefully, the Bills soon move to lock up another young talent who was picked late in the draft but grew into a star: WR Stevie Johnson.