Should Mario Williams return to the Houston Texans?
By Randy Gurzi
The Houston Texans and defensive end Mario Williams could both benefit from a reunion after the veteran was cut by the Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills cut former Houston Texans first overall pick Mario Williams on Tuesday, and the man who spent six seasons in Houston will now look for a new job. With the Texans thin at defensive line, could it make sense to call their former pass rushing ace?
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The idea may sound laughable, but think about putting the 6-foot-6, 290 pound Williams opposite J.J. Watt. Sure, the two played together in 2011, but Watt was a rookie and Williams managed to play just five games that season due to injury.
Fast forward to 2016 and you could have Watt in his prime with a motivated Williams who is aiming to show that the Bills erred in releasing him.
The main issue of course, could be price. The Texans allowed Williams to leave in 2012, not because of talent, but because of the money he commanded. The Bills ponied up a six-year deal worth $100 million, $49.5 million of which was guaranteed.
Williams then posted 38 sacks in his first three seasons in Buffalo before struggling through a 2015 season that saw him total just five sacks and 19 tackles.
At 31-years of age, and a coming off a rough season, the contract Williams would earn now could be significantly lower.
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Houston could provide a place for him to prove the doubters wrong, while also helping to make one of the best defenses in football even better.