Super Mario Signs Historic Deal with Bills

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Welcome to Buffalo, Mario Williams!

Buddy Nix and Russ Brandon said earlier this week that the Bills were looking to “be aggressive in free agency and make a big splash.”

The signing of Mario Williams Thursday afternoon provided a splash so large that it drained the Buffalo city pool. Bills’ management talked an aggressive strategy and confidently executed their game plan while they reeled in superstar Mario Williams on a six-year, $96 million contract. The deal makes Williams the highest-paid defender in NFL history.

The ability to sign an elite talent like Williams is an organizational decision that drastically changes the landscape of the franchise. This addition eliminates the particular notion that Buffalo is an undesirable location to play football. The addition of Williams also sends a noticeable message to the rest of the NFL that the Bills must be respected. Staring left tackle for the New York Jets, D’ Brickashaw Ferguson, took to his Twitter account to respond to Buffalo’s acquisition. Ferguson’s first tweet since July 4th states:

Congrats to Mario, now he has to face us twice a year. I like our odds. Go Jets!
@DBrickashaw: Congrats to Mario, now he has to face us twice a year. I like our odds. Go Jets!

Nonetheless, the Jets are already feeling the pressure from Buffalo’s successful signing.

The impact of Williams to the Bills defensive unit cannot be overstated. Williams adds elite pass rushing skills that fortify the Bills’ defensive line. The combination of Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams has new Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt ready to apply havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Over the course of his coaching career, Wannstedt is particularly effective when the front four of his 4-3 defense is capable of applying pressure. To say the least, Williams goes a long way in making that scheme a reality.

Williams' signing with the Bills parallels Reggie White's signing with Packers is 1993. (Photo by Brian Bahr /Allsport)
Williams' signing with the Bills parallels Reggie White's signing with the Packers is 1993. (Photo by Brian Bahr /Allsport)

In 1993, the Green Bay Packers performed a strikingly similar acquisition that re-energized their franchise. The Packers’ signing of Reggie White possesses enough parallels for Bills fans to notice. Green Bay’s frozen tundra was constantly overlooked by talented free agents that felt the Packers were a depleted football team. This move successfully places the Bills in the spotlight and presents Buffalo as a feasible destination for free agents.

Before I close down the “Mario Williams Party” for tonight, out of respect to the most rabid fan base in the NFL, I would like to give a shout out to the Bills Mafia family. Throughout the entire process of Williams’ recruitment, the community endorsement of Williams was impossible to go unnoticed. From Tuesday evening until the ink hit the dotted line, Bills fans peppered Western New York with overwhelming support for Williams. Various signs, constant cheering, and even pizzas were made to show our support for Super Mario! From one Bills Mafia member to another, I wanted to personally thank the family for doing a noteworthy job and inform everyone that our efforts do not go unnoticed as multiple national news outlets positively referred to Bills Mafia this week. Continue to spread the word about Bills Mafia and if you haven’t yet, send Mario a tweet (@bbwolf90) showing him some Bills Mafia Buffalove!

Zachary Specht
Bills Mafia Blog