Former No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams was released from the Bills on Tuesday. Should the Jaguars pursue him? We asked Bills expert Ryan Talbot if he has anything left in the tank.
The Jaguars obviously need plenty of pass rushing help and former Bills and Texans defensive end Mario Williams needs something that the Jaguars have, money.
Are the two a good fit?
We asked Buffalo Football Report.com publisher Ryan Talbot what he thinks about Williams.
Mario Williams had a poor season in 2015, but a lot of it had to do with Rex Ryan's scheme. Williams was asked to do quite a bit, rather than focusing strictly on rushing the passer, and it simply didn't work. Williams' effort was questionable and it was time for both sides to move on. That said, Williams had 38 sacks in his first 48 games with Buffalo. At this point in his career, Williams should look to join a team that runs a 4-3 defense.
I actually believe that Jacksonville is one of the best fits for Williams in free agency. Gus Bradley runs out of the 4-3 and wants his defensive ends to attack the quarterback. That's a perfect fit for Williams. He can still apply plenty of pressure and has a few productive seasons left in him. Having a player like Williams will make life easier for Dante Fowler as well in 2016 and beyond.
The biggest knock on Williams is that he's supposedly not a good teammate. Quite a few Bills players anonymously threw Williams under the bus and said he was a bad teammate. This didn't seem to be a problem in Williams' first three seasons in Buffalo when he was producing but every team needs to consider how Williams' presence could potentially impact the locker room culture.
Jacksonville has plenty of money to spend, a promising young offense, and some solid parts on defense. Adding Mario Williams would help the Jaguars contend in the AFC South next season.
We don't believe that Williams is the Jaguars first priority, as we don't know of any contact between the team and his camp as of yet. The Jaguars would likely rather have younger players at the position like Malik Jackson and Olivier Vernon, but Williams would be a more than solid fall-back option.