The Buffalo Bills released pass rusher Mario Williams earlier this week, as they looked to save cap space and were ready to move on from the expensive defensive end after four seasons in Buffalo. The rule explicitly provides that once a player is placed on a transition tag, he automatically gets the opportunity to negotiate for better offers from other teams.
The Giants also have expressed interest in former Bills defensive end Mario Williams and could bring him in for a visit prior to Wednesday’s official start to free agency.
The Bills last year gave Clay a five-year deal worth a total of $38 million with $24.5 million guaranteed. Their pass rush barely existed in 2015-2016.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s $114 million, six-year contract has been restructured by the Miami Dolphins to create salary-cap space.
Johnson, 29, could add a few missing ingredients to the Giants’ defensive end position. Wake, 34, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon, and the Dolphins have been negotiating to lower his $9.8 million salary cap hit. He played right end before that in Houston for five years (49 sacks). But they saw Miami would be up against the cap in 2016 because of Suh’s massive contract. Williams complained all season long about the way he was being used by Ryan, which meant a lot of dropping back into coverage for someone mostly known for his quarterback sacking abilities.
Will one of these DE’s be paired with Pierre-Paul?
We’ve made no bones about it here that the Cowboys need to pursue a nice No. 1 running back in free agency this year to step in front of veteran Darren McFadden on the depth chart. He was originally designated the Giants franchise player past year and was scheduled to make close to $15 million prior to the accident.
The Dolphins are freeing up cash to get ready for free agency.