One of the Seattle Seahawks expected targets heading into the beginning of free agency this week was defensive end Mario Williams. But perhaps the team sensed that Williams wasn’t worth the truckload of cash that would be dumped on his doorstep because of his recent injury history.
At least that’s what Don Banks of Sports Illustrated believes. Banks says that the Buffalo Bills could be making a big mistake in believing that Williams can be the savior for their franchise, which has an NFL-worst streak of 12 years without making the playoffs.
Banks: In the five full seasons he played in Houston, the Texans never made the playoffs, and finished with a winning record only once, at 9-7 in 2009. So his difference-making is at least debatable. In fairness, last season, when Williams shifted to outside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 formation, he was on his way to a monster year, racking up five sacks in Houston’s first five games. But he tore a pectoral muscle in that fifth game and was lost for the season. Rather than wilting without their best defensive player, the Texans survived and even thrived in his absence, going 10-6 to claim the AFC South title and the first playoff berth in the 10-year history of the franchise. Even won a playoff game once they got to the dance.
Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News writes that the Bills are hopeful they can get Williams to sign on the dotted line today after two days of courting.
Dave Mahler of KJR AM 950 talks with Red Bryant about remaining in Seattle in this audio link.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes that Matt Flynn’s trip to Seattle is an attempt to drive up his market value by getting other teams involved.
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams offers Peyton Manning a contract for life during his 8-hour visit to the Titans’ facility in Nashville on Wednesday.
The New York Times Fifth Down Blog provides a nice roundup of information from several sources on Manning’s visit to Tennessee, including Manning’s announcement that he was going to stay for his senior season while playing his college ball there.
Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that John Carlson should pair nicely with fellow Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph for the Vikings.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post breaks down some of the high-dollar contracts some of the top free agent receivers have signed.