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Bills may release Mario Williams, and the Falcons should be interested

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The veteran pass rusher may not be the player he once was, but he sure as hell would be an upgrade for the Atlanta Falcons.

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Mired in an awful year for yet another forgettable Bills team (sorry, Buffalo Rumblings), Mario Williams may soon be finding himself in the unemployment line.

Per Buffalo Rumblings:

In his four seasons with the Bills, Williams has accumulated 42 sacks, two Pro Bowl appearances, and earned a first team All-Pro nod just last season, when he set a career high with 14.5 sacks. That gives you an idea of just how quickly things can change; Williams has publicly questioned his coaches all season while racking up just four sacks in a disappointing year for the defense.

Normally, I advocate for young players and eschew high-priced veterans who may be entering their decline phases, so you may be a little surprised to see this take from me, but it's coming. The Falcons should pursue Mario Williams if his contract demands are at all reasonable, because he'd be an excellent addition to this defense.

His pass rushing skills may or may not be what they once were at age 31, but he was playing in a new scheme under Rex Ryan, and he's been effective much of his career. Super Mario has 95 career sacks, some sweet red contacts, and would give the Falcons a big, powerful defensive end to pair with Vic Beasley. He's not going to come cheap, of course, but his value may be down a little bit after a four sack season in Buffalo, and he would instantly upgrade this defense.

So yeah, I'm hoping the Falcons will chase Williams. Are you?