Wednesday, March 12, 2014

With Williams, Whaley 'excited' about direction of OL


It took more than a year, but it looks like the Buffalo Bills have finally found a replacement for the departed Andy Levitre.

On Wednesday, general manager Doug Whaley acquired left guard Chris Williams, a 28-year-old free agent formerly of the St. Louis Rams. The deal, which breaks down to four years at $13.5 million according to Adam Schefter, includes almost half of that money guaranteed, which Whaley believes is money well spent.

"With the signing of Chris Williams, I am particularly excited about the direction our offensive line is moving in because we wanted to address this position and we feel like we filled the need with a very good player," he said, via

Williams played both tackle and guard while he was with the Chicago Bears, and his versatility, as well as his size, were key selling points for Whaley and the Bills. Williams, however, struggled in pass blocking last season, allowing the 10th-most QB hurries of any guard, according to ProFootballFocus. 

"Coming in here with coach Marrone and coach Morris I’m really excited about it,” Williams said. "I’m going to continue to develop my game because I’m always trying to work to get better and I think it’s a great opportunity here to do that."

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