The Buffalo Bills have been unable to sign free safety Jairus Byrd to a new contract and he's now expected to cash in on the open market.
Today, they signed safety Aaron Williams to a four-year, $26 million contract extension. He was heading into the final year of his original rookie deal.
“Aaron Williams is a versatile player who has grown into a key playmaker for our defense in recent years,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement. “He had an extremely productive season for our defense in 2013. Aaron is the type of young, core player we targeted early in the process to retain for years to come and this will be our philosophy moving forward. By building on his improved play in 2013, we expect Aaron to continue to grow into a key contributor for the Bills organization.”
In 14 starts last season, Williams recorded a career-high 82 tackles and tied for the team-lead with four interceptions.
A 2011 second-round draft pick from Texas, Williams has144 career tackles, five interceptions, 23 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
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