New Buffalo Bills guard Chris Williams was cast aside by the Chicago Bears in the middle of the 2012 NFL season. He essentially was a first-round bust for that team.
However, he resurrected his career with the St. Louis Rams, and the Bills rewarded him with a four-year contract today. The deal is worth an average of $3.37 million a year, according to ESPN, which is just below the pay rate of Bills left guard Kraig Urbik.
Williams, drafted as a tackle by the Bears in the first round in 2008, shifted to guard in the 2010 season. He started all 16 games for the Rams last season at guard. He's the new starter for the Bills at left guard, which was a problem spot all last season.
"I think it helped a lot," Williams said of his Rams tenure. "Working with my coach, coach Paul Boudreau down there, he helped me develop my game as a guard. Coming here with coach Marrone and coach Morris, I’m just really excited about it and to continue to develop my game. I’m always trying to work to get better. I think it’s a great opportunity here to do that."
Williams' best strength arguably is the power he provides in the run game. He's 6-foot-6 and listed at 320 pounds.
"I definitely enjoy run blocking more," Williams said. "I think I’m capable in both areas. But as an offensive lineman being real close to 330 pounds, going forward is a lot better than going backward. But you have to be able to do both to win in this league and compete. It’s all about balance offensively."
"I’m excited for the opportunity," Williams said. "Buffalo seems like a great place to play. The fans here are outstanding. I’ve played here a couple times. And the team is turning the corner and I’m pumped to help them win and I’m excited about it."
Williams said the fact he's visiting the Bills on the day of a big snowstorm did not scare him away.
"I spent 4 1-2 years in Chicago," he said. "I like the cold weather. I think it’s a true home-field advantage with the fans here and the weather here. Come playoff time, hosting home games, that’s what you want in the cold and snow. It’s hard for teams to come up here and win games. The weather definitely didn’t scare me off."