HOUSTON - OCTOBER 09: Outside linebacker Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans reacts after a big defensive stop in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills have been courting Mario Williams since free agency opened on Tuesday. GM Buddy Nix flew to North Carolina to pick up the talented defensive end and escort him to Buffalo, where he then met with other top officials in the organization. As of this morning, however, no deal has been signed.
Last night, Jason La Canfora (NFL.com) tweeted that Williams had at least one other visit planned. What he didn't say, and was quick to correct followers who jumped to conclusions, was that Williams was leaving Buffalo.
La Canfora re-tweeted a follower who said, "Williams will not sign a deal TONIGHT w/ Bills. That does not mean he is leaving tonight. Stop reading too deeply."
Williams will at least wake up in the Buffalo area on Wednesday, according to all available knowledge, while WIVB reports he is scheduled to tour the team facilities at One Bills Drive. At least one national analyst thinks the Bills will have to convince Williams about more than just money.
Speaking at an appearance Tuesday night, former Bills and Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian said Buffalo would have to prove their upward trajectory to Williams.
"Are the Bills ready to take that next step (into contention)?" Polian asked, according to Sal Maiorana. "That’s the big issue to deal with (is convincing Williams that they are a contender coming off a 6-10 season)."
The Bills do have one thing working in their favor, according to Polian, and that's the promotion of Dave Wannstedt to defensive coordinator.
"Dave Wannstedt will play a defensive end-friendly defense, getting up field with no dropping (into pass coverage)," noted Polian.