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Bills sign Aaron Williams to a multi-year extension

Posted Mar 5, 2014

While the Bills face the prospect of losing Jairus Byrd to free agency, they made sure they would not go down a similar road with their other starting safety by agreeing to terms with Aaron Williams on a contract extension Wednesday.

The Bills have been working a long time on a contract extension for safety Jairus Byrd since season's end they've also been working on a new deal for their other starting safety. On Wednesday they ensured they will have at least Aaron Williams in their lineup for the foreseeable future. Buffalo signed Williams to a long-term contract extension.

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“Aaron Williams is a versatile player who has grown into a key playmaker for our defense in recent years,” said Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. “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.”

Williams, who made a very promising transition from cornerback to safety in 2013, was entering the final year of his rookie contract. Buffalo has now locked up the former second-round pick.

“It’s a huge blessing and it took a lot of patience and a lot of waiting, but at the same time I tried not to worry about it,” Williams told Buffalobills.com moments after signing his new deal at One Bills Drive. “The Bills actually came to me at the end of the season and I told my agent, ‘Hey this is what they’re thinking. I don’t want any say in it until the right time. I’m going to let y’all handle it and take care of business and I’m going to go work out,’” said Williams.

The Texas product blossomed into a playmaking safety in 2013 after spending his first two seasons with the Bills at cornerback. He tied for the team lead in interceptions with four and finished second on the team in tackles with 82 and pass breakups with 11 after making 14 starts, though he did have to play some cornerback due to injuries.

Williams, who made a very promising transition from cornerback to safety in 2013, was entering the final year of his rookie contract. Buffalo has now locked up the former second-round pick.

“It’s a huge blessing and it took a lot of patience and a lot of waiting, but at the same time I tried not to worry about it,” Williams told Buffalobills.com moments after signing his new deal at One Bills Drive. “The Bills actually came to me at the end of the season and I told my agent, ‘Hey this is what they’re thinking. I don’t want any say in it until the right time. I’m going to let y’all handle it and take care of business and I’m going to go work out,’” said Williams.

The Texas product blossomed into a playmaking safety in 2013 after spending his first two seasons with the Bills at cornerback. He tied for the team lead in interceptions with four and finished second on the team in tackles with 82 and pass breakups with 11 after making 14 starts, though he did have to play some cornerback due to injuries.