Report: Defensive end/Linebacker Mario Williams Expected to Land with Falcons or Seahawks

  • Shane Richardson

Per a report from ESPN’s John Clayton, All-Pro defensive end/linebacker Mario Williams is expected to sign with either the Seattle Seahawks or Atlanta Falcons. On “Brock and Salk,” a Seattle-based ESPN sports show, Clayton stated he believes either team would offer Williams upwards of $15 million, making the cap hit unpalatable for other teams looking at a 3-4 outside linebacker.

“If you’re going to be going for Mario Williams, the best value is to put him on the line of scrimmage and have him rush as a 4-3 defensive end. That’s the way the league goes,” Clayton said. “You don’t see $15 million linebackers. … I think that when you look at the value, he’s going to be more valuable to a 4-3 team, and the two 4-3 teams that appear to have either the most money or the most interest are Atlanta and Seattle.”

Williams, who showed his versatility last year converting from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker, is one of the most coveted defensive free agents on the market.  Drafted by the Houston Texans number one overall in the 2006 NFL draft, the two-time Pro Bowler/All-Pro has amassed 53 sacks in his tenure with the Texans and is the franchises single-season sack record holder with 14.  Injury concerns after a 2010 inflamed hernia and a 2011 torn pectoral muscle have tempered some teams’ interest in Williams, but his versatility still makes him a prize target among teams coveting a force in their pass rush. The Texans declined to franchise their star defensive player, which would have incurred a salary cap hit of over $21 million.

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2 Responses to Report: Defensive end/Linebacker Mario Williams Expected to Land with Falcons or Seahawks

  • hey mario,we are all a family and fight together our brothers and sons on the field fighting there hearts out every day,every play,every snap. we try to do our best letting them know we are proud of them and are with them believing in them fighting with them by woofing it up,hooting and holaring,yelling and doing are all to let them know we are together as one huge family. we blead brown an orange,its more then tradition its apart of us who we are ,in browns town,browns nation,dawgs every where come to where not where your needed,or wanted but come where its family come to our house the dawg pound,join us dawgs everywhere we believe in our team and love our browns. we havent won a champioships ever scince jim brown and otto graham. we know you can be one of our leaders to join our family and help us be a championship team again!

  • Come to the dirty birds mario that a guaranteed sb victory in the next two years!

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