Bills looking at Rams' Chris Williams for glaring left-guard need
Updated 10:05 AM , March 12, 2014
Big offensive lineman Chris Williams resurrected his career to some degree over the past season with the St. Louis Rams.
The Buffalo Bills have brought him to One Bills Drive today on a free-agent visit. Williams, a No. 1 pick of the Chicago Bears in 2008, is meeting with coaches, along with Miami free-agent cornerback Nolan Carroll, the team announced.
Williams was drafted as a tackle out of Vanderbilt but started only one season at that spot - 2009 - before being switched to guard and starting for a season and a half. He was cut by the Bears midway through the 2012 season and picked up by the Rams. He won the Rams' starting left guard job out of training camp and started all 16 games.
He did not get rave reviews, but Rams coach Jeff Fisher expressed an interest in bringing him back. Williams is a big body, at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds.
"He played good, he was solid,” Fisher said after the season. “When you don’t hear his name, you don’t talk about him.”
Williams figures to be less expensive than the more publicized top wave of free-agent guards. Denver's Zane Beadles, one of the top guards available, signed Tuesday with Jacksonville for $6 million a year. Houston reportedly was among the other teams interested in Williams as free-agency opened.
The website ProFootballFocus.com ranked Williams as the lowest-rated player on the Rams' team last season.