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NFL’s Buffalo Bills Sign End Mario Williams to Bolster Defense

March 15, 2012

The Buffalo Bills signed Pro Bowl player Mario Williams to a six-year contact, adding the former top pick in the National Football League draft to a defense that ranked 26th last season.

The contract contains a guarantee of $50 million, a record for a defensive player, Williams’s agent, Ben Dogra, told the Associated Press. Williams account on the Twitter social media site displayed a Bills’ helmet.

The 27-year-old defensive end totaled 53 sacks in 82 games and earned two Pro Bowl selections since being selected by the Houston Texans with the first pick in 2006. He only played in five games last year due to a torn pectoral muscle.

Williams joins a defense that was once home to Bruce Smith, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection who earned a place in Canton, Ohio’s Pro Football Hall of Fame during 19 seasons with the Bills and Washington Redskins.

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