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Mario Williams set to join the Bills

MARIO WILLIAMS Defensive end, Texans 2011 stats: 11

Defensive end, Texans

2011 stats: 11 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
2011 contract: $15.15 million
Williams is coming to the end of a six-year, $54-million contract where he appeared in every game from 2006-10 except three. His 2011 season ended in Week 5 when he tore a pectoral muscle. The 27-year-old has 53 sacks in 82 career games.
Credit: AP

The Buffalo Bills got their man.

Free agent defensive tackle Mario Williams has agreed to terms on a new contract that reports say will make him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. The team has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference to announce the deal, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Williams spent the last two nights in Buffalo working out a deal. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound defensive end was the No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans in the 2006 draft. He has 53 sacks in five NFL seasons.

The signing is the biggest on defense since Buffalo acquired Cornelius Bennett in a blockbuster three-team trade in 1987.

Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle last year and required surgery. He played only five games in 2011, recording five sacks before being hurt. The injury is now fully healed. Williams had a combined 34 ½ sacks from 2007-09.

He is expected to play right end in the Bills’ 4-3 alignment, meaning he would go up against Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson when the AFC East teams face one another.

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