Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bills extend 'core player' Aaron Williams four years


With safety Jairus Byrd halfway out the door, the Buffalo Bills shifted their focus to his (former) sidekick.

The team has agreed to a four-year, $26 million contract extension with Aaron Williams, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo. Williams, who moved from cornerback to safety last year, was entering the final year of his rookie contract.

"Aaron Williams is a versatile player who has grown into a key playmaker for our defense in recent years," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said, via "He had an extremely productive season for our defense in 2013.

"Aaron is the type of young, core player we targeted early in the process to retain for years to come and this will be our philosophy moving forward. By building on his improved play in 2013, we expect Aaron to continue to grow into a key contributor for the Bills organization."

Pro Football Talk reported $14.6 million of Williams' new deal is guaranteed.

In 14 starts last season, the former second-round pick tied the team-lead in interceptions with four, amassing 82 tackles and 14 pass breakups and a forced fumble in the meantime.

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