NFL.com: Eagles a Potential Landing Spot for Mario Williams
If the Philadelphia Eagles want to add some pass rushing help this offseason, there is a big name on the market that might be a good fit.
As of now the top option available is Mario Williams, who was recently cut by the Buffalo Bills, but he could be a name to keep an eye on, reuniting with new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
"The Bills cut Mario Williams because he hated playing in Rex Ryan's system," ESPN.com NFL Nation Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan said on the Sports Bash on Wednesday.
"He loved playing in Jim Schwartz's system."
The former No. 1 overall pick in the draft has 96 career sacks, including 15 in 2014, while playing for Schwartz. He had just five last season, while playing for Ryan.
According to Kevin Patra and Conor Orr of NFL.com, there are six teams that make sense for Williams to land with.
The Eagles are one of them.
Familiarity is another popular motivator for all-of-a-sudden free agents, and Mario Williams might jump at the chance to play for former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Williams had a career-best 14.5 sacks under Schwartz during an All-Pro campaign in 2014. Their connection seemed to be one of the best Williams has had over a career underscored by constant change at head coach and defensive coordinator. Williams had a lot to say about Rex Ryan's defense in Buffalo, but he also had his perfect defense to compare it to.
The 31-year old Williams seems like he still has gas left in the tank, but was miscast playing in Rex Ryan's defensive scheme, where he was dropping back in coverage, most see him as a 4-3 defensive end, getting up-the-field and after the quarterback.
The Eagles just paid Vinny Curry, confirmed that Connor Barwin will move to defensive end, and there is a good chance that Brandon Graham moves back to the defensive end position.
All of this sounds like adding Williams would be a long-shot.
The other teams listed as good fits for Williams are the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars.