Miami Dolphins sign free agent defensive lineman Mario Williams

March 9, 2016

After watching the Broncos' defense almost singlehandedly carry that franchise to a Super Bowl victory, the Miami Dolphins apparently are planning to follow Denver's blueprint for success.

For the second offseason in a row, the Dolphins have inked another big name free agent defensive lineman, as the team announced that it signed four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams to a contract. Other outlets have reported that it is a two-year deal paying him approximately $8 million per season.

Last season, the team signed star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the offseason.

The 6-foot-6, 292-pound defensive end earned Pro Bowl nods following the 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014 seasons, and was named first team All-Pro in 2014. Williams played the past four seasons (2012-15) for the Buffalo Bills and ranked sixth in the NFL with 43 sacks during those four years, including 10-plus sacks in three consecutive seasons from 2012 to 2014.

Williams had a mediocre season in 2015, perhaps because he did not fit well within coach Rex Ryan's schemes. Others have speculated that Williams, 31, might be showing signs of age.

Williams has totaled 96 career sacks and 153 quarterback hits during his 10-year NFL career. His sack total is tied for sixth among all active NFL players. He has started all 145 games that he has played in and has played a full 16 games in seven of his 10 professional seasons. His 386 career tackles are fourth among active defensive ends and his 96 sacks are tied for the third-most among all NFL players since he entered the league in 2006.  Williams was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Houston Texans in the 2006 NFL draft.

In addition to bolstering the defense with Williams, the Dolphins also reportedly completed a trade with the Eagles for linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell.

By Staff of and news services

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