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Mario Williams | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/31/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 300
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (1) / HOU
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Mario Williams said he is "very fortunate" to be returning to a scheme he feels comfortable playing.
"[DC Vance Joseph] is really relying on the guys up front to turn it loose and get after it, which is what most of us are accustomed to doing," Williams said. "It’s exciting for us knowing [we can] cut it loose." Williams showed little effort playing in a system he was openly unhappy with last year in Buffalo, but he has had nothing but praise for his new coaching staff. The Dolphins are banking on a bounceback season for the 31-year-old. May 26 - 8:50 AM

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Mario Williams plans to give the Dolphins "the best attitude" he's ever had.

Williams wasn't happy with his role on the Bills last season and voiced his displeasure by giving minimal effort. He promises that won't be an issue in Miami. "The No. 1 thing that you can definitely look forward to [from me] is attitude," said Williams. "I know for sure I’m going to be out there humming 100 miles per hour and it’s going to be full attitude." Williams is excited to be part of an aggressive pass rush featuring Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh. The five sacks Williams registered last year were his fewest since 2011 when he was limited to only five games.
Apr 17 - 11:19 AM

Mario Williams expects to be used primarily as a pass rusher with the Dolphins.

"I know (Dolphins DC Vance Joseph) and his mindset," Williams said. "It’s going to be … the dogs are going to hunt. Guys who get after the quarterback are going to get after the quarterback." Williams' primary complaint with Bills coach Rex Ryan was his scheme did not allow the pass rushers to rush the passer enough. It does not appear that will be an issue in Miami. If Williams has his head on straight, he should have a bounce-back season.
Mar 10 - 8:35 AM

Dolphins agreed to terms with DE Mario Williams on a two-year, $17 million contract.

Williams can earn an extra $3 million through incentives. The offseason is the Dolphins' postseason. Their March dynasty is approaching Belichick-esque levels. Now 31, Williams was widely accused of quitting last season before being released by the Bills last week. Williams is one of the best pass rushers of his generation, and is well worth a flier, but it will be a risky deal for the perennially cap-strapped 'Fins. His addition will almost certainly mean the release of Cam Wake.
Mar 8 - 4:36 PM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports the Dolphins are the "clear front-runners to sign" free agent DE Mario Williams.

Florio reports there is a "push" to get the deal done Tuesday. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the impending deal "may be worth roughly $8 million per year." A deal with Williams could prompt the Dolphins to rescind Olivier Vernon's transition tag or, more likely, release veteran Cameron Wake, who is scheduled to count $9.8 million against the cap.
Mar 8 - 10:56 AM

NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan reports free agent DE Mario Williams is "not in play for the Giants at this time."

The Giants reportedly had serious interest in Williams after he was cut by the Bills, but his reported $10 million asking price may have put them off. New York has switched their focus to the Rams' William Hayes, the Falcons' Adrian Clayborn, and the Dolphins' Olivier Vernon, who is unable to negotiate until Wednesday under the terms of the transition tag. Williams has already visited the Dolphins and is expected to draw interest from the Jaguars.
Mar 8 - 9:14 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports free agent DE Mario Williams has told teams he would immediately sign an offer of $10 million per year.

Williams left his meeting with the Dolphins Saturday without a deal, suggesting they are offering less than his $10 million asking price. The Giants and Jaguars are expected to be interested as well, and both have the cap space to accommodate a big deal. Teams may be put off by Williams' lack of effort in Buffalo last year, but he is just one year removed from an All-Pro season. He should land a sizable deal from a 4-3 team.
Mar 7 - 12:31 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Jaguars are one of the teams "in the mix" for free agent Mario Williams.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday night that Williams would visit the Giants on Monday, then backtracked and conceded he didn't know the date of the meeting. Garafolo reports there is "no visit set up" with the Giants yet, but the G-Men are still expected to pursue Williams in addition to Jacksonville. Both teams have big pass-rush needs. Williams piled up 14.5 sacks in 2014, but regressed to five sacks last season at age 30. He turned 31 in January.
Mar 6 - 8:04 PM

The Giants will host free agent DE Mario Williams on Monday.

He'll arrive at Giants headquarters on Sunday night. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the G-Men "have a chance to keep him there," meaning sign Williams on the spot. Williams visited the Dolphins over the weekend, but left without a deal. The Giants are also in pursuit of free agent DE Charles Johnson, and are expected to show interest in DE/DT Adrian Clayborn when free agency opens.
Mar 6 - 7:50 PM

NJ Advanced Media reports the Giants are among 4-5 teams free agent DE Mario Williams plans on visiting.

Williams began his free agent tour in Miami on Saturday, and New York should be one of his next visits. The G-Men have been linked to Williams since the Bills cut him last week. Defensive end is an area the Giants must address with starters Jason Pierre-Paul and Robert Ayers both headed for free agency.
Mar 6 - 9:11 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DE Mario Williams is visiting the Dolphins on Saturday.

With transition-tagged DE Olivier Vernon able to flirt with other teams and Cameron Wake's future with the organization in question, the Dolphins are smart to explore their options at defensive end. Williams is just a year removed from a First-Team All-Pro season and would be a great fit in Miami's 4-3 scheme. Williams is also expected to receive interest from the Giants.
Mar 5 - 10:14 AM

The New York Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel "figures" the Giants will "at least call" free agent LE Mario Williams.

The Giants desperately need pass-rush heat, and that was an area of concern before starting DEs Jason Pierre-Paul and Robert Ayers were even set to hit the free-agent market. Right now, run stopper Kerry Wynn is the Giants' top defensive end. Williams just turned 31 in January, but he's still believed to have plenty left in his legs despite an awful 2015 season under Rex Ryan. Since he was released, Williams is free to sign before free agency opens March 9.
Mar 2 - 9:10 AM

Bills released LE Mario Williams.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Williams has been told he will be released, but it is as good as official. The expected move will save Buffalo $12.9 million against the cap. A poor fit in Rex Ryan's scheme, Williams recorded just five sacks and was a headache in the locker room last season. Just a year removed from an All-Pro campaign, Williams should receive plenty of interest on the open market.
Mar 1 - 12:56 PM

The Buffalo News' Tim Graham reports Mario Williams is "just waiting to be cut," and "the sooner the better for him."

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported on Wednesday that Williams was willing to accept a paycut, but he knows the score. Neither side seems to have any interest in remaining together for 2016. Williams isn't a fit, scheme or personality wise, with coach Rex Ryan. Now 31, Williams was highly ineffective last season.
Feb 25 - 1:18 PM

Mario Williams said he's willing to accept a pay cut to remain with the Bills.

The caveat, however, is that Williams wants to "meet halfway" with the money and the scheme. He wants to rush the passer more after coach Rex Ryan mysteriously used Williams in coverage far too often last season. The Bills are going to have to do something to knock down Williams' $19.9 million cap number.
Feb 24 - 1:15 PM

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