Why Kyle Williams decided to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills after 12 seasons
Kyle Williams is back, officially.
The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that the team had come to terms with the defensive tackle, a 12-year NFL veteran who’s spent his entire career what the organization, on a one-year deal. Per reports, the deal is worth $6 million with $5 million guaranteed.
But that you knew.
But it still begs the question, why did Williams want to return to the Bills in 2018 for another grueling NFL campaign on his body? Simply put, a playoff berth wasn’t enough. Williams wants the ultimate prize.
“I’m excited about coming back. I think more than anything, when it comes down to it, as eloquently as I can put it, I haven’t exhausted myself in the pursuit of what my dream is, of playing this game, playing for this organization, and chasing being a champion,” Williams said.
“Buffalo is home. It’s where I want to be. It’s where I want to win. I couldn’t be more excited,” he added.
While not discussing it when he asked why he wanted to re-sign, Williams also gave high praise to the organization’s leadership under head coach Sean McDermott, the seventh head coach (interims included) and general manager Brandon Beane.
Williams discussed the recent departures of Cordy Glenn and Tyrod Taylor and said despite the tough losses of friends in the locker room, he believes in the process.
“More than anything, it goes back to trusting what Brandon [Beane] and Sean [McDermott] are doing, really buying into that. I do. I believe in what they’re trying to do, I believe in what vision of what they’re trying to build. So for me? I’m on board with what they’re doing,” Williams said.
Last season, Williams played his 10th season of 14-or-more games in his career. He was still reliable, with three sacks and 21 total tackles in the middle of Buffalo’s defensive line which lost Marcell Dareus at the trade deadline.
Williams said age won’t make his want to play any less snaps though.
“I don’t sign a football contract to play less plays,” Williams said.
But he added he knows his role will go much deeper than the field.
“To take whoever we bring in, in free agency, in the draft and say ‘Hey, this is how we work, this is who we’re going to be,’ and hold them to a standard and continue to push guys so we can make a run on the things we want, playoffs, championships, and doing those things in Buffalo,” he said.