2012 NFL Free Agency: Why Hasn't Mario Williams Signed?

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Kerry Collins #5 of the Indianapolis Colts is chased down by linebacker Mario Williams #90 and defensive end Antonio Smith #94 of the Houston Texans on September 11, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texans won 34 to 7. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Mario Williams is easily the best defensive player on the market. He headed to Buffalo to meet with the Bills as soon as the free agency period opened. There were all kinds of reports that a deal would be done that night. The next day it was reported that his fiance joined him in Buffalo and that they got a tour of the city. This has now been going on for almost 48 hours, and Super Mario still hasn't signed a contract.

That begs the question, what is the holdup? It can't be about money. The Bills have said they are willing to make him the highest paid defensive player in the game. So it has to be something else.

There have not been any reports linking the Titans and Williams, but they should absolutely be trying to get in his ear right now. All of their efforts have been focused on Peyton Manning in the first few hours here, but there is something with the Bills that Williams isn't sold on. The Titans should try to get a meeting.

It would be tough to work a deal with Manning, Williams and an offensive lineman, but it is not impossible. Teams can do very creative things when it comes to the salary cap. If Bud really wants to go for it, he should be making the same edict about Mario.

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