Another free agent returns as Bills re-sign OT Daryl Williams to three-year deal

Sal Maiorana
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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Right tackle Daryl Williams re-signed with the Bills.

So much for all the salary cap problems the Buffalo Bills were supposedly going to face this offseason, and how they would prevent them from re-signing some of their key free agents.

One day after bringing back linebacker Matt Milano and keeping him off the unrestricted open market, the Bills on Friday announced a three-year deal to retain right tackle Daryl Williams.

The reported monetary figure is a possible $28.2 million with $14 million in guaranteed money.

Would anyone be surprised if general manager Brandon Beane finds a way to re-sign guard Jon Feliciano, the other player considered to be a key free agent for Buffalo?

“Me and my agent felt very comfortable with the numbers and then the organization is amazing,” Williams told reporters during a Zoom call Friday afternoon. “I told my agent that we definitely wanted to make Buffalo our No. 1 spot if we can make it happen. So I’m glad it did.”

Williams came to the Bills in 2020 after playing five years with Carolina where he was a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. He signed what amounted to a one-year prove-it deal, and then he went out and proved that he could still be a quality lineman.

He started all 19 games the Bills played and among all NFL tackles who played at least 80 percent of his teams’ snaps, Williams graded out as 16th-best per Pro Football Focus’ grading system, but was ninth in pass blocking.

“I’m excited to be back because those are my guys,” Williams said. “I can be myself with them. We were shuffling around all year, but I feel like we got it right toward the end of the year and that’ll make us better this coming year. I really thank God we got this done. Beane, McDermott, my teammates, all my coaches made me comfortable from day one.”

Back in January, Beane admitted Williams’ play at tackle came as somewhat of a surprise to him. Williams played right tackle during the first few years of his career in Carolina and was second-team All-Pro in 2017. But then he missed all but one game in 2018 due to a knee injury and upon his return, played mostly at left guard in 2019.

“When we signed Daryl, obviously, I was very familiar; we drafted him in Carolina,” Beane said. “He's a very steady Eddie personality, and I thought he brought a calmness to our O-line. Quite honestly, when we signed him, I thought his best shot might be at guard than tackle.

“But once Jon went down, we decided to give Cody a shot there and start (Williams) at right tackle. We were going to flip them around, but the more we watched in practice, he just seemed really confident over there at right tackle.

“His 2017 year, he was a second-team All-Pro at right tackle, so we knew he could do it,” said Beane. “He had just had that bad knee injury which set him back a little bit. It was good to see him back to playing like he did probably three, four years ago. And I thought he was steady all season long. And it was a nice piece for us.”

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