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Giants Free Agent Wish List: Mario Williams

The Giants invited the former No. 1 overall pick in for a visit.

Current Free agent defensive end Mario Williams has reportedly arranged to meet up with The New York Giants this within the next couple days.  Williams was just recently released by the Buffalo Bills after having a down season compared to the prior seasons.  Even with the inconsistent season, teams are looking to sign him in high demand.

Yet it appears that the Giants have the biggest chance of signing him by the end of the week. Williams is 31 years old which is still a decent age for a pass rusher. Before finishing with just five sacks last season, he had 38 sacks over a three year span.  A former number one draft pick of the Houston Texans back in 2006, Williams has actually had an accomplished career. His rookie season, he started all 16 games and finished with 47 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. 

His next two seasons his would dramatically improve as during both of those he amassed over 55 tackles in 2007 and would be named All-Pro by Sporting News in 2008. By the time his tenure with the Texans had ended in 2011, he ended up getting the second most sacks and forced fumbles in franchise history.  When he signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2012, at the time it was the highest paying contract in history for a defensive player. During his last two seasons with the Bills,

Williams had finished with 42 total tackles and in 2015 he was selected to All-Pro first team and the Pro Bowl. Williams was eventually released by the Bills on March 1st. He is requesting from teams during his free agency that his contract will be no less than $10 million per year. It seems that after visiting the Miami Dolphins, it's possible that they have offered less than that on the table.

The Giants are the biggest threat to signing him because they need to secure a spot for a pass rusher and players that can  help their defense. Williams can hold to both of those qualities and he is a very versatile player. Known for being a defensive end, during his last years with the Texans he put in work as a outside linebacker.

Also during high school he played running back. Track was the other sport that greatly used Williams many different talents as he qulaified for states for doing shot put. We will see by the end of the week if the Giants will complete the deal, which they likely should.

 


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