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|The Bills are banking on Mario Williams being the pass-rusher to push their defense to an elite level.|
Many are upset that Williams recently said becoming the highest paid defensive player in NFL history wasn’t important to him.
Then he went out and became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.
His departure is a shot in the gut to the Texans, who feel they are primed to be a Super Bowl contender. Why wouldn’t Williams want to be part of that? I’d estimate he has around 100 million reasons.
The Texans did want to keep Williams – losing one of your more talented players isn’t how you improve as a team. Texans general manager Rick Smith tried to talk him into staying, but money talks. While the Bills’ bills were shouting, the Texans’ dollars, thanks to their salary cap situation, could do little more than whisper.