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Doug Whaley defies winter by signing O-lineman Chris Williams

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Two years ago, unseasonably gorgeous Western New York weather was cited as a blessing to Mario Williams' free-agent visit with the Buffalo Bills.

Mother Nature might be trying to even the score, but the Bills are braving her worst.

Bills General Manager Doug Whaley released a statement through the team about the blizzard conditions that hit us this morning:

"Today's storm challenged us in terms of getting free agents in and out because teams like to get them in as soon as possible. It's important to have plans for all scenarios. Today, we were prepared in dealing with this storm.

"We're excited about this start to free agency and our plans moving forward. With the signing of Chris Williams, I am particularly excited about the direction our offensive line is moving in because we wanted to address this position and we feel like we filled the need with a very good player."

In addition to Williams, an offensive lineman previously with the St. Louis Rams, the Bills hosted Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll today.

  • Rick Spiritosanto

    I read where he will be competing with Legursky for the starting job at left guard. I thought free agency was to find starters to fill holes. It's too early for the Bills brass to be handing us this "we filled the need with a very good player" crap.

    • JT

      It is my understanding that he is no doubt an upgrade to what the Bills had last season. But thats not saying much.He graded 74 out of 81 Guards in the NFL.They say he some what resurrected his career with the Rams after failing miserably as a #1 Pick with the Bears.But you have too keep in mind he faced some of best front 7s in the NFL in the Rams division..Maybe he just turning the corner and will get better.

  • Pete Giangreco

    Living in Chicago, I can say Chris Williams was an oft-injured, intensity-lacking bust for the Bears. They tried him at both tackle spots, they moved him to guard, and finally cut him. Maybe he got better with the Rams, but this signing is hugely underwhelming. Draft a real tackle and see if you can find another guard. This guy is a tougher reclamation project than the Peace Bridge.

  • Shadowtoad

    What is this compete with Legursky crap! Put Wiliams in the position and let him succeed or fail. Need to sign a another safety and fast. Should have signed Verner at CB as he was a bargain.

  • Russ

    He will be the starter!!! He is better then Legursky!!! I say now give Michael Oher a call and sign him!!! I was talking to some buddies in STL and they said that Williams did a good job for them. Glenn at LT WILLIAMS AT LG WOOD AT C you sign Oher for the RT position and you find your RG in the draft. I also want the Bills to give TE Owen Daniels a call, and then we should be set on the Offensive Line.

    • JT

      He is absolutely better than legursky but still a below average lineman.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining NFL.com as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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