Buffalo Bills release DE Mario Williams

Mario Williams has been released per Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Mario Williams has been released by the Buffalo Bills. The move should not come as a surprise to football fans as it has been expected since the end of the regular season.

Williams joined the Bills in 2012 to much fanfare in free agency. He signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bills, the richest deal ever given to a defensive player at that time. In his first three seasons with Buffalo, Williams recorded 126 combined tackles and 38 sacks in 48 starts. 

While Williams performed well in his first three seasons, he struggled in 2015 under Rex Ryan. In 15 starts, Williams recorded 19 combined tackles and five sacks. Williams was vocal throughout the year about his displeasure in Ryan's defense and his effort was questioned anonymously by a teammate at the end of the season. The defensive end didn't appear to give much effort down the stretch with the Bills and he certainly didn't play up to his salary in 2015.

By releasing Williams, Buffalo will free up $12.9 million in cap space. This is money the team can use towards signing Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito long-term.

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