Buffalo Bills 2011: Kyle Williams Agrees to Deal, Is Steve Johnson Next in Line?
Just yesterday it was reported that the Buffalo Bills and defensive tackle/ nose tackle, Kyle Williams have agreed to terms on a six-year, $39 million dollar contract extension. This deal comes after Williams' best season in his six years with the team.
Transitioning from his traditional defensive tackle position that he had played his entire career, to the nose tackle position seemed seamless for Williams, as he racked up 77 tackles, and 5.5 sacks, all while commanding double teams for almost every game.
Williams was rated the third best defensive tackle in 2010 by Pro Football Focus, despite the Bills' league worst run defense that allowed opponents to gain an average of 169.9 yards per game on the ground.
The former fifth round draft pick out of Louisiana State University played unbelievably last season, and unfortunately didn't get the national media attention he deserved. Now, he is paid along the lines of the highest defensive tackles in the league.
The Bills' selected defensive tackle/ defensive end with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, showing General Manager Buddy Nix's commitment to stopping the run. With the combination of Dareus and Williams, the Bills have solidified the front of their defensive line, that looks like it could be one of the league's best for years to come.
Now, with last year's breakout wide receiver, Steve Johnson, entering the last year of his rookie contract, its expected that he will be resigned next. The former Kentucky product hauled in 83 passes for 1,083 yards and ten touchdowns last year, and is now the No. 1 wideout on the Bills' depth chart.
With the recent wide receiver signings, one could make the assumption that Stevie could earn roughly $30-$50 million over a four to five year period.
So for all those Bills fans wondering why owner Ralph Wilson hasn't make huge splashes in free agency with the roughly $28 million remaining in cap room, it seems that the front office at One Bills Drive wants to focus on retaining their current nucleus of talent.
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