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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 3/16

JACKSONVILLE FL - NOVEMBER 14:  Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans looks on during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 14 2010 in Jacksonville Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE FL - NOVEMBER 14: Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans looks on during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 14 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Bills land prized pass rusher Williams -
"I think the biggest thing for me is coming here, being able to see the coaches, the D-line coach, the GM, the stadium and what is going on around here as far as taking the next step and producing," said Williams. "Just the endless possibilities and the great guys upstairs in the front office just sold me immediately. It’s one of those things that you don’t get many chances and opportunities like this to be the guy who can help the team get over the hump and that is definitely what I am here for.

Wilson's in a jovial mood - The Buffalo News
"Yes that's right, I feel like we're not that far away," Wilson said. "We owe it to Buffalo, the fans in Western New York and everybody to make the move. And let's get going."

Bills Focus: Mario Williams Sit Down Interview -
Mario Williams talks about the recruitment process, playing with Kyle Williams, the city of Buffalo, and more.

Mario Williams Press Conference -
See the entire 20-minute press conference from Buddy Nix, Russ Brandon, and Mario WIlliams.

Bills players react to Williams addition -
"The Buffalo Bills made a cannonball-size splash in free agency with the signing of DE Mario Williams. Naturally the players already on Buffalo’s roster are ecstatic about the addition. Here is a small sampling of the reaction from Bills players."

Kelly helps sell Buffalo to Williams -
"They had a lot of questions," Kelly said. "His fiancé Erin spent a lot of time with Jill about where to live, areas, different places where you want to go. I told them how I felt. I love the outdoors. Mario likes the four wheelers and the snowmobiles. It was more about the city. Everywhere we took him the friendliness of the Buffalonians and people talking to him had a positive effect. He seems to be a down to earth type of guy and his fiancé is without a doubt down to earth. My wife was very impressed with her."

Mario Williams Highlights -
"Check out highlights of the Bills new defensive end Mario Williams."

Nix on Mario Williams' signing - Video
Buddy Nix talks about recruiting and signing Mario Williams.

Gailey on Mario Williams' Signing - Video
"Head Coach Chan Gailey talks about the impact defensive end Mario Williams will make on the Bills. "

Bills' Williams: 'Can't wait to get out there and make things happen' - The Buffalo News
"Before the free-agency era, the Bills’ highest-profile acquisition outside of the draft was a 1987 trade for star linebacker Cornelius Bennett that included three teams, three players and three draft picks. Bennett was the No. 2 pick of the draft that year. While his five-year, $3.5 million contract was big at the time, it didn’t make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. He also didn’t hit town as the best player at his position in the league."

Western New York becomes part of Super Mario's world - Bucky Gleason
"They told me when I got here, 'You're going to see why people live here and stay here.' That was the biggest thing for me. It was actually seeing. It's not what everybody says. Every place has its own thing. That's the biggest thing that sold me. The two days of being here was necessary to digest all that. All I heard about here was hearsay."

Video: Gaughan analyzes impact of signing Williams - The Buffalo News
"The News' Bills beat reporter, Mark Gaughan, weighs in on what impact the addition of Mario Williams will have on the Bills' defense."

Williams made to feel right at home - The Buffalo News
"Football is 50 percent of this but the next 50 percent is how I am going to feel comfortable outside of football and outside of the stadium," he said.

Kelly On Williams - WGR 550
"The Buffalo Bills great met with the media to talk about the addition of Mario Williams and what it means for the franchise. "

Bulldog: Thank You Mario - WGR 550
"Thank you Mario Williams and thank you Bills. Together you raised our hopes, scared us a couple of times, annihilated our productivity and in the end, you didn't let us down."

MURPHY: "Shatters The Myth" - WGR 550
Bills radio play by play man John Murphy joined Jeremy White and the Bulldog to talk about the signing of Mario Williams. Murph says the acquisition "shatters the myth that free agents don't want to come to Buffalo."

Nix On Williams - WGR 550
"Bills' GM Buddy Nix joined Mike Schopp and the Bulldog for an exclusive interview after signing Mario Williams. After detailing the process of bringing Williams in he also discusses his plans moving forward."

Bob Matthews: Signing good for Buffalo Bills, great for their fans | Democrat and Chronicle
"One of the NFL’s best players chose to play his prime years in western New York. Good for him and his bank account. And great for frustrated Bills fans in western New York who needed something to be excited about."

Buffalo Bills sign coveted free agent Mario Williams | Democrat and Chronicle
"Our No. 1 need and No. 1 goal was to bring in Mario," he said. "We’ve said from day one if there’s a guy there that we think can make the difference, we’ll be aggressive and go after the guy. He’s a position of need that we were able to fill and the same philosophy will hold true in the draft."

A Great Day for the Bills | Three Point Stance | Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana tries to describe his shock and talks about what the Bills might do going forward.

Jets left tackle jabs Mario Williams - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Congrats to Mario, now he has to face us twice a year. I like our odds. Go Jets!" Ferguson tweeted Thursday.

Analyzing Mario Williams' big deal - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Andrew Brandt takes a look at a really big contract.

Four questions, answers on Mario Williams - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker explores how the signing could impact the Bills' draft plans and defense, whether this makes Buffalo a contender or not, and if it was too much money.

Bills show they are serious about winning - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"With the Patriots and New York Jets relatively quiet so far, and the Miami Dolphins trading away their best player (Brandon Marshall) and possibly falling behind in the Manning sweepstakes, the Bills made up ground with one humongous signing."

What would Mario Williams bring to Bills? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker penned this piece on Thursday morning before Williams signed, but it's applicable.

How much did signing Mario Williams change the Bills draft board? - Mocking The Draft
"Well today, the biggest news in the Football World was the Buffalo Bills breaking the bank, for All-Pro Defensive End, Mario Williams formerly of the Houston Texans. Buffalo gave Super Mario a 6 year deal, worth 100 million dollars with 50 million guaranteed."

Buffalo Bills Pick Up Former Texans DE Mario Williams - Pats Pulpit
"Williams is a game changer in the AFC East and could elevate the Bills to the top of the division. On the other hand, they are the Bills and they'll just as likely find a way to end up 5-11. One thing's for sure: the Bills defense just became a lot more dangerous."

Mario Williams to the Bills? Fans Rejoice, and Then Worry -
"Only time will tell if these investments turn out to be wise ones, but for now, Bills fans are feeling like team management is serious about winning for the first time in a very long time."

Bills Relevant With Mario Williams, but Realism Needed -
"Though not a consummate edge rusher, Williams is a superb all-around run defender, which is probably why the Bills felt they could justify overspending to make him the highest-paid defensive player in N.F.L history. "

Transcript of Mario Williams News Conference | WKBW
Title says it all.

Feeling Like I Just Ate a 1up Mushroom - Dear God Why Us Sports
Remember that Super Mario Bros. movie with John Leguizamo? So do the guys at DGWU.

Bills make Mario Williams best-paid defender in NFL history - USA Today
"He would almost surely return to defensive end for the Bills, who are reverting to a 4-3 alignment under newly promoted DC Dave Wannstedt. Williams would headline a front four that includes Pro Bowl DT Kyle Williams and DT Marcell Dareus, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2011 draft."

Mario Williams, Bills agree to big deal -
"Free-agent defensive end Mario Williams said he was so nervous when it came time to sign his contract with the Buffalo Bills, he almost forgot his name."

Bills needed to be bold, and they are with huge deal to land Williams -
"How many more I don't know. What's important is that Buffalo took a bold step to make itself better, and it's about time. The Bills knew that if they were going to do something other than finish 6-10 or 7-9 each season, they had to build a team to catch the people in front of them -- and you start with someone that has a stranglehold on your division. "

Old lions Wilson, Adams trying to beat clock with game-changing action -
"Or, maybe the best way to say it is this: The old men still want it. It's no coincidence Wilson and Adams, two of the building blocks of the AFL, two men used to always being in the thick of the NFL, are making their last ditch runs. These are two men who despise losing, but have done a great deal of it in recent seasons. The Bills, a team that once regularly made Super Bowl runs, have not made the playoffs since 1999."

Mario Williams + Buffalo = Why NFL best of the big leagues -
"It's good for the league because, well, it's Buffalo. I got into a fun Twitter spat with some Bills fans Wednesday night when I made a crack about the city. But to be honest, I like the Buffalo area. It's one of those no-hassle cities, kind of like where I live in Jacksonville, but without the beach and weather. Sure, it's not Miami with South Beach or New York with the nightlife and the media and the celebrity watch, but it seems downright comfortable."

Lang on NFL: Bills hit home run with Mario -
"All of a sudden the Bills will have a dominant defensive line that will feature players such as Williams, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams. Opposing teams won't be able to double team everyone, meaning the Bills now have the potential to put consistent pressure on the quarterback. Look out, Tom Brady."

Mario Williams' recruitment, signing finally makes Bills relevant again - Yahoo! Sports
"Kyle Williams began to believe this was going to happen at dinner Tuesday night when Mario kept directing the conversation to the scheme of the interior line, to the chemistry in the defensive line meeting room and to the mood of the locker room as a whole. Then, after dinner, rather than retreat to his hotel, they drove back to the Bills’ facility around until 11, and just hung around comfortably. "

Bills sign free-agent DE Williams to 6-year deal - Yahoo! Sports
"The No. 1 guy for us from Day 1 was this guy," Nix said. "Obviously, you don’t do anything until he hits free agency, but it’s been a long process. And it’s been fun, especially since it turned out right."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills sign Williams to massive deal
"Wide right? Thing of the past. This time, the Buffalo Bills kicked it straight down the middle."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Buffalo 'deer' to Williams' heart
What sold Mario Williams on Buffalo? A bunch of things. Including this, he said: "There’s deer in your backyard!"

Texans' loss of Williams stings, but it's not that damaging - Houston Chronicle
"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." news: Mario Williams signing indicates culture shift in Buffalo
"A lot of times people hear 'Buffalo' and they assume things," Morrison told me. "Once you get to Buffalo, and you get to the stadium and go through the city, it changes your mind. You realize what you're here to do. You're here to play football, not mess with the extracurricular stuff. People said to me, 'Buffalo?' I'll tell you -- it's the best working environment I've been in.

It's OK To Say It: Bills Make Playoffs In 2012 |
"It's not only ok to think it, it's ok to say it out loud; the Buffalo Bills will make the playoffs in 2012 and stretch their season into 2013. Take it to the bank."