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All-out effort on Mario Williams

The Buffalo Bills are doing their best to try to get star defensive end Mario Williams to leave town with a new contract in hand. The Bills are committed to making him the top-paid defensive player in the league, a league source has told The News, and the team will try to complete the deal as soon as possible.

Chicago gave defensive end Julius Peppers a six-year, $91.5 million deal in 2010. More important than the total dollars was the fact the Bears gave Peppers $40.5 million in the first three years and $42 million guaranteed. It's a given Williams would not have made a trip to any team Tuesday afternoon without a firm commitment of a big financial package.

The Bills reported on their website that Bills general manager Buddy Nix flew with defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt on a private jet to pick up Williams in North Carolina and bring him back to Buffalo. Williams is having dinner with those two, plus Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon, coach Chan Gailey and defensive tackle Kyle Williams, the Bills reported.

If Williams were to leave town without a deal, the odds of him signing with the Bills would go dramatically down, based on the way the recruitment of elite free agents goes in the NFL.

---Mark Gaughan

 

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