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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Miami Dolphins are once again doing all they can to make noise in free agency. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum decided today that the next big move for the team would be adding defensive end Mario Williams. Williams who had a rough 2015 season in Buffalo was out of sync with the Bills’ defensive scheme all season long. Rex Ryan and Williams clashed at times philosophically because of that, and the Bills decided at the end of the year it was just better to part ways. Williams who has amassed 96 sacks over the course of his career should be a good fit on the Dolphins defensive line next to Ndamukong Suh. Together the tandem will give the Dolphins a pass rush that should be able to cause frustration for opposing AFC East quarterbacks like Tom Brady, and Tyrod Taylor. With defense being the reason that so many teams are having big time success lately. It was clear to Tannebaum that he wanted to stack the Dolphins roster on the defensive side of the ball. He did this by bringing in not only Williams today, but also by bringing in Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell earlier this week as well. The Dolphins have been active the last two free agency periods and those efforts show the front office’s commitment to improving the team. Williams is a good pick up and it also takes away from an in division rival (Bills). Moves like this happen all the time in the NFL and you have to applaud Tannenbaum for pulling the trigger on the deal. Mario Williams is 31 years old and will make 8 million annually in Miami. The deal he signed was a two year deal and Williams who was drafted number 1 over Reggie Bush in the 2006 draft will look to finish his career how he started it, with a bang. This was a good pick up for Miami and it’s also good to see Mario Williams will be employed in 2016.
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