Usually the deadline to use the franchise tag is not all that exciting, and even a bit disappointing, given how many quality names are coming off the market. Today, though, we have a little intrigue!
I'm told by a source Bills DE Mario Williams has been informed he's been released.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 1, 2016
I don't necessarily expect the Falcons to pursue Mario Williams, but i think he'd be an ideal complement for Vic Beasley over the next two-to-three years, and I really hope they'll at least kick the tires. He's probably the most interesting free agent pass rusher by a fairly wide margin, however, so there should be plenty of suitors. Williams, of course, is coming off a down year where he was poorly used by new Bills coach Rex Ryan, so it's difficult to know whether he's actually declining or just in a scheme that made him miserable.
Other than that, this day just included a lot of huge names coming off the market. Here's the list so far:
- Von Miller, Broncos
- Alshon Jeffery, Bears
- Justin Tucker, Ravens
- Josh Norman, Panthers
- Mo Wilkerson, Jets
- Olivier Vernon, Dolphins
- Cordy Glenn, Bills
- Kirk Cousins, Washington
We'll update this as more tag news filters in. What are your thoughts about Williams?