Mario Williams Agrees to Terms with Dolphins

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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Mario Williams has found a new home, and once again it will reside in the AFC East. 

Continue for updates. 

Dolphins Sign Williams

Tuesday, March 8

Williams has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN's Adam SchefterArmando Salguero of the Miami Herald confirmed the report.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the deal is expected to net Williams $8 million per year from Miami.

Williams Reportedly Not in Giants' Plans

Tuesday, March 8

Jordan Raanan of reported Williams is "not an option at this time" for the Giants, citing a source.

On Sunday, Rapoport reported Williams would meet with the Giants "soon," adding an exact date wasn't known at the time. 

On Saturday, USA Today's Tom Pelissero pegged the Giants as a suitor to watch. 

Williams Would Sign Immediately for Certain Offer 

Monday, March 7

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported that "Williams told teams he would sign right away if [he] received an offer of $10 million per season."

Williams to Meet with Jaguars 

Sunday, March 6

The Jacksonville Jaguars are "in the mix" for Williams, according to Garafolo, who added that there isn't a firm visit date set yet. 

Williams Comments on Potential Visits

Saturday, March 5 

Williams told's Josina Anderson via text message, "I’d like to visit [four to five teams] quickly, if possible." 

Williams Looking to Bounce Back After Tough 2015 

The 31-year-old had a down year in 2015 as he adjusted to the Bills' 3-4 defense under head coach Rex Ryan and finished the campaign with five sacks and 19 total tackles over the course of 15 appearances. 

In the midst of his struggles, he didn't hesitate to complain about the Bills' schematics and how they were hindering his effectiveness. 

"When we’ve got four guys rushing, we can do some different things," Williams said in October, per the Buffalo NewsVic Carucci. "Some of the calls that we had, we just didn’t have four guys out there rushing in certain situations, things like that. You know, you’re just playing the call."

Williams was clearly looking to get back into a 4-3 system, and the Dolphins made the most sense.

Not only did the team finish last season tied for 25th with 31 sacks, but defensive end Cameron Wake is coming off a torn Achilles, and fellow lineman Derrick Shelby is slated to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts March 9.

There's also the matter of defensive end Olivier Vernon, who could bolt in free agency after the Dolphins slapped him with the transition tag worth $12.7 million. By designating Vernon as the team's transition player, Miami now has the right of first refusal on all offers made to the pass-rusher.

But even if Miami doesn't retain some key players in free agency, Williams will wreak some real havoc working beside defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.