Mario Williams is seeing some interest ahead of free agency, and he's visiting the Miami Dolphins today, according to Ian Rapoport. Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that Williams would like to visit a few more teams, though.
Mario Williams is heading on a visit to Miami today, per source informed of the #Dolphins plans. Would add big-time help on the edge.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2016
Williams is probably the best defensive end on the market, though there are some questions about the level of effort he displayed last year. Still, he was an effective defensive end for nearly a decade before that, and he was certainly out of place in Rex Ryan's scheme -- not just because he was asked to drop into space occasionally, but also because he was played more like a 3-4 defensive end than a true edge rusher.
The Bucs haven't shown any interest in Williams, publicly or privately -- at least nothing that have been reported. If the Bucs are going to add some edge rush in free agency, it seems they'll look elsewhere. One option: Cameron Wake, who's likely to be cut if the Dolphins sign Mario Williams. After all, they probably can't afford to have Ndamukong Suh, Olivier Vernon, Cameron Wake and Mario Williams under contract at the same time. T
he former three are counting for a ludicrous $51 million against the cap, though that's likely to come down a little by restructuring Ndamukong Suh's contract. Williams would certainly add a significant number, while Wake is coming off a torn Achilles -- not exactly something 33-year-olds see full recoveries from with any kind of frequency/.