HOUSTON - FILE: Defensive end Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans participates in the team's first NFL traiing camp practice of the season at Reliant Park on July 30, 2010 in Houston, Texas. According to reports on March 15, 2012, the Buffalo Bills have signed free agent Mario Williams to a six-year deal that could be worth up to $100 million. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Mario Williams is officially the highest paid defender in the NFL, and is the owner, by far, of the richest contract in Buffalo Bills history - easily surpassing the six year, $59 million deal for Ryan Fitzpatrick signed during last season.
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network was the first to report that Williams signed a six year contract worth $96 million in base salary. La Canfora also notes that the contract could top $100 million if Williams reaches incentives written into the new deal, though those incentives are a mystery.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the signing bonus at $25 million, with another $25 million guaranteed for injury - which become full guarantees in subsequent years of the deal. The contract will pay Williams $53 million in the first three seasons. That's just $7 million less than he made in his first six seasons with the Houston Texans.
GM Buddy Nix was asked at this afternoon's press conference whether the team would pursue another free agent receiver after losing out on Robert Meachem. His response, as relayed by WGR 550's Sal Capaccio: "I told you we may be out of the business by Friday. You seen his contract? We may be out of the business."