Buffalo Bills: Ranking the 5 best free agent signings of 2021

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Oct 13, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Daryl Williams (75) points to the defense for making him jump early during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports /

Daryl Williams

Akin to the signing of Jon Feliciano locking upright tackle, Daryl Williams was an important play for the Bills offensive line success. Singing a three-year, $28.2M contract, the entire right side of Josh Allen’s protection will look the same through 2024.

in 2020, Williams was quietly one of the most constant players on the offensive line. Filling in for Cody Ford who suffered a torn minuses, Williams thrived at right tackle-the very position Ford was drafted to fill for years to come. Speaking of Ford, Williams’s singing also allows Ford to slide over to the guard position where he looked to be more comfortable. Though he was taken from Oklahoma as a tackle, Ford has yet to develop consistency at the position, which Williams proved to be capable of in 2020.

When looking weighing the factors that went into singing Williams: the price, the length or the option to let him walk and use a first-round selection on a tackle, it was the mentality of keeping the band together that was the most enticing. With Buffalo coming so close to a Super Bowl appearance, overhauling an offensive line that got you to that point is taking one step back when you are already so close to your destination.