Bills sign S Aaron Williams to four-year extension-
The Buffalo Bills have secured at least one half of their starting safety tandem after signing Aaron Williams to a four-year, $26 million – with $14.625 million guaranteed – contract extension Wednesday, according to several sources.
The extension locks up Williams through 2018, and comes at a time when the Bills risk losing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, who is preparing to test free agency next week.
Williams, Buffalo’s second-round pick in the 2011 draft, was entering the final year of his contract. He was rewarded with the extension after successfully making the switch from cornerback to safety last season.
In 14 games last year, Williams had a career-best 82 tackles and tied Byrd for the team lead with four interceptions.
Overall, he has five interceptions and two forced fumbles in 34 career games. The question is whether Williams will continue to develop alongside Byrd.
This week, the Bills decided against applying the franchise tag for a second consecutive year to retain Byrd’s rights, opening the door for the fifth-year player to test free agency on March 11.
The Bills defense is undergoing another offseason change, with Jim Schwartz taking over as coordinator after Mike Pettine left to become the Cleveland Browns head coach. Schwartz has a similar aggressive defensive coaching philosophy, which is expected to ease the transition. (Photo: Bill Wippert/Associated Press)