Mario Williams signed a 6 year contract with the Buffalo Bills today that could be worth as much as $100 million and includes $50 million guaranteed.
The Houston Texans, as much as they hate to lose him, absolutely could not make numbers like that work without sacrificing key players.
Williams has been a great player for the Texans and the community is losing an absolutely great person.
He has been generous, humble and hard-working throughout his time in Houston and people need to understand that he had no choice but to go to Buffalo.
Hearing “fans” criticize him about being all about money is absolutely absurd and quite frankly, disappointing.
Williams would have given the Texans a small discount to stay, but at the end of the day the guy has to make choices that impact the rest of his life.
One caller said “What’s the difference between $40 and $50 million?”
The answer is quite simply, $10 million dollars.
When it’s all said and done and Mario’s career is over, it is likely that he will make approximately $125-$150 million dollars. $10 million is about 7% of his earnings for his career. That’s a lot!
Would you give up 7% of your lifetime earnings to stay with your current employer?
Just to put that in perspective, it would be like asking a guy that works for 35 years making $50,000 a year to give up $122,000. It just doesn’t make sense.
And yes, there is a difference because of the millions of dollars that he earns, but the guy also has a much shorter career than the average person. He has to not only make as much as he can to provide for his family for the rest of his life, but he also has to make sure that he leaves as much as he can to his family after he’s gone.
Mario made the right choice and Houston fans need to understand that it wasn’t personal and wish him the best in the future.
Mario is a good guy making a smart business decision.
Business aside, let’s get back to the field.
The Texans had to make a choice this off-season whether or not to keep Mario or Arian Foster.
Foster is the cornerstone of their offense. Without him, they’re mediocre at best.
Williams on the other hand was replaced quite nicely last season after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle. Rookie J.J. Watt came in and the defense never missed a beat.
So Williams, as great as he is, was expendable. Does he make the defense better? Probably. But is he worth $10-15 million of cap space when his backup is not far behind him in production? No.
The Texans will be fine without him. Getting him off of their books frees up money to re-sign key players and go after some quality free agents.
Mario will also be fine. He’ll be in a pass-happy division and be able to utilize his pass-rushing skills against the likes of Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez.
Bottom line…the Texans made a good business decision and so did Mario.