ORCHARD PARK – Breath easy Bills fans. Despite Buffalo reportedly making a big splash in free agency by signing former Panthers DT Star Lotulelei, the team’s longest tenured member and voice of the team, Kyle Williams isn’t going anywhere.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Buffalo has resigned the 34-year-old defensive tackle on a one-year deal to keep the fan favorite in Buffalo for a 13th season. Rappaport later added that the deal is worth $6 million, including $5 million guaranteed.
The #Bills are re-signing long-tenured DT Kyle Williams on a 1-year deal, source said. A key part of the D is back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
Shortly after, the Bills confirmed the signing.
Williams was drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and has spent every year of his career with the Bills. Last offseason, Williams apparently contemplated retirement after the organization went through their fifth head coaching search during his tenure. Ultimately the new man in charge, Sean McDermott, was able to convince the veteran defensive to come back and play out the final year of his three-year deal he signed in 2015.
The decision paid off, as Williams helped lead the Bills to their first playoff appearance in 17 years. It created potentially the perfect scenario for him to ride off into the sunset, however, he’ll put that retirement on hold a little longer and return to the Bills for at least one more season.