The Jacksonville Jaguars, who were in the mix for Mario Williams, have lost out on the defensive end after he signed with Miami Dolphins for a reported $8 million per year, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The #Dolphins deal with pass-rusher Mario Williams should come today, sources says, and it's expected to land him $8M per year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2016
Williams most naturally plays the wide 9 position (which is essentially the LEO position in Gus Bradley's defensive scheme here in Jacksonville) and had a three-year stretch where he had 38 sacks in three seasons with the Buffalo Bills.
At 31 years old, he still has some years left, and in a better system he'll surely do better than the five-sack year he had last season. Originally, Williams was clamoring for $10 million per year, but since that deal didn't seem to materialize, he's reportedly signing with the Dolphins.
So, one less edge rusher on the free agent market for the Jaguars, but with the signing of Malik Jackson the defensive line has been upgrade significantly. This also means Olivier Vernon is all but gone and will enter free agency on Wednesday at 4pm EST.