Mario Williams Signs with Buffalo Bills: How Does It Affect Team's Future?

Eitan Katz@@EitanKatzAnalyst IINovember 20, 2016

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Defensive end Mario Wiliiams of the Houston Texans tries to get the crowd into the game against the New York Giants at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Mario Williams will be announcing a new six-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, worth upwards of $100 million, with $50 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Williams is one of the premier pass-rushers in the NFL today, and his arrival in Buffalo may signal a changing of the guard in the AFC East. While many will point to the New York Jets as the biggest threat to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, adding Super Mario puts the Bills in a great position to take over that second spot in the division.

The team obviously had Brady in mind from the start of free agency, targeting arguably the best defensive player on the market from day one.

Williams will join Marcel Dareus and Kyle Williams to form one of the most ferocious defensive lines in all of football. Ranked 27th in sacks during the 2011 season, Buffalo's ability to pressure the quarterback will improve dramatically.

Charging to the forefront of free agency, the Bills' move for Williams was a shocking one.

Having already extended wide receiver Stevie Johnson for an all-of-the-sudden bargain basement price of $36 million over five years, the forgotten team from upstate New York is not only making a statement to their fans, they are making a statement to a league that has been pushing for them to move to Toronto.

Williams' impending deal is a boatload of money, however, any Bills fan should be ecstatic right now at the prospect of watching one of the NFL's youngest stars perform in a place where superstar athletes are few and far between.

Buffalo has a nice young core on offense, with Ryan Fitzpatrick calling the shots and Fred Jackson running rampant and morphing into one of football's best. Now, the Bills will have the defensive chops to keep games close and quarterbacks on their toes.

I think some in the media have pumped up Williams' production to a point where people are expecting a Reggie White-level transformation.

Let's not overreact here.

Williams isn't DeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen or Julius Peppers. 

He is a very good pass-rusher who has the skills to disrupt a quarterback play in and play out, but I wouldn't quite call him elite. That doesn't mean I don't think he's worth the money; I just think fans should temper their expectations somewhat.

Dareus will provide the size and power, Kyle Williams will provide the energy and grit and Super Mario will provide the unlimited potential and speed.

This is a defensive line that is going to make waves moving forward. The question is: Will signing Mario Williams be enough to get the Buffalo Bills into the playoffs?