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Bills an upset winner in Williams chase?

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08:02 AM ET 03.14 | Let the free agent games begin. The NFL's free agent signing period commenced at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and perhaps the most surprising news around the league is that the Buffalo Bills had a viable pulse. Several players have new working addresses as of this morning, but it was one player -- and his name is not Peyton Manning -- who is still undecided regarding where he's going to sign who generated the most buzz on day one. And that was because his first stop -- and maybe only stop -- was Buffalo. Defensive end Mario Williams, the most coveted defensive player on the market, arrived in Buffalo Tuesday night and was scheduled to meet with the Bills' hierarchy into Wednesday.

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March 14, 2012  08:05 AM ET

An upset winner or the Williams camp knew the Bills would offer the most money so they can take their offer around to the other teams and back home to the Texans and say look what I can get....pony up something close

March 14, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Seriously? Like Manning, these FA's need more guests to their party.

March 14, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Does Mario know how cold it gets in Buffalo? How the snow builds up over the tops of cars on every sidewalk, until the lakes freeze and then it gets even colder? Does he know how this team has been a doormat for decade?

Or is he only in it for the money?

March 14, 2012  08:30 AM ET
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Did he sign there? No. Why don't you wait to write these middle school style sports articles

He signed there...

March 14, 2012  08:31 AM ET

$50 million for a team that went to the playoffs with their third string QB or $60 million to go 8-8 for the next three years. Tough decision.

March 14, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Williams a Bill? I think not. He's a Texan and will stay there.

March 14, 2012  08:35 AM ET

The only type of winner the Bills will ever be is an upset winner.

March 14, 2012  08:36 AM ET
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Williams a Bill? I think not. He's a Texan and will stay there.

I believe this to be true.

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March 14, 2012  08:48 AM ET

This story comes from the Democrat and Chronicle. Is there a Republican version?

March 14, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Go get 'em Bills. Make him Mayor. Give him $75 million all guaranteed. Whatever it takes. Time to remind the posters above (some of whom are obviously under the age of 13) that Buffalo is a proud city with a rich football history. And the weather is not THAT much worse than in New England.

March 14, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Jim Kelly. Bruce Smith. Thurman Thomas. Andre Reed. OJ Simpson. Darryl Talley. Joe Ferguson. Cookie Gilchrist (oh go look it up). And now, Mario Williams.

March 14, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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Go get 'em Bills. Make him Mayor. Give him $75 million all guaranteed. Whatever it takes. Time to remind the posters above (some of whom are obviously under the age of 13) that Buffalo is a proud city with a rich football history. And the weather is not THAT much worse than in New England.

Indeed, no other team has lost 4 straight super bowls, that's setting the bar pretty high

March 14, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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Jim Kelly. Bruce Smith. Thurman Thomas. Andre Reed. OJ Simpson. Darryl Talley. Joe Ferguson. Cookie Gilchrist (oh go look it up). And now, Mario Williams.

And through it all, since 1959, Ralph Wilson.

March 14, 2012  09:02 AM ET

From what I've heard, Buffalo is one of the best tailgating venues in the NFL. I've got to give their fans credit for supporting a team through thick and thin.

March 14, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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Indeed, no other team has lost 4 straight super bowls, that's setting the bar pretty high

Least they got to 4, lots of teams ain't managed that. It is a great football city and the fans there really do deserve to be rewarded for their loyalty.

March 14, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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And the weather is not THAT much worse than in New England.

There's a ringing endorsement.

They also have good wings. And those sandwiches they have, whatever those are called, are tasty, too.

March 14, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Jim Kelly. Bruce Smith. Thurman Thomas. Andre Reed. OJ Simpson. Darryl Talley. Joe Ferguson. Cookie Gilchrist (oh go look it up). And now, Mario Williams.

You forgot Jack Kemp. Took the team to an AFL championship with Cookie

 
March 14, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Has anyone heard definite news about this? Several posts elsewhere are claiming the Bills signed him...?

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