The Bills are bringing back one of their key pieces from the 2020 offensive line. Offensive lineman Daryl Williams has signed a three-year contract extension with the Bills.
Williams didn't feel the need to test the market before becoming a free agent because of his appreciation for the Bills.
"The organization is amazing," Williams said. "I told my agent we definitely want to make this our number one spot before we even hit free agency. So if it can happen, let's make it happen and it did."
Williams came to Buffalo in 2020 after spending five seasons with the Carolina Panthers. In his first season with the Bills, Williams started in 18 total games including the playoffs. The offensive lineman said he felt at ease within just weeks of getting too Buffalo.
"[Brandon] Beane, [Sean] McDermott, the Pegulas, all my teammates, the coaches, from day one they made me feel comfortable," Williams explained. "I just remember the first day I talked to them they said they want me to be myself. The longer I stayed there, which was the whole year, after a few weeks I felt comfortable in my own skin. I'm just glad to be back."
The six-year veteran has started 61 of 79 career games played including the playoffs. One reason Williams wanted to stay in Buffalo is because of the culture.
"There's really no big egos on the team," Williams shared. "There's no selfish people on the team, everybody's looking out for everybody. It's like [Matt] Milano says, it's a great culture. A very great culture and I was just very blessed to be a part of that last year and we're back with it this year, and hopefully the next three years."
Williams was a second-team All-Pro in 2017 and was drafted by the Panthers during the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The six-year veteran is most looking forward to being back with his teammates to prepare for the upcoming season.
"I'm excited to be back because those are my guys," Williams said. "I've grown close to those guys. Like I said before, I can be myself with them. People were shuffling around all year trying to get it right, but I feel like we got it right towards the end of the year. That's going to make us even better this year.
"People don't understand how hard is it to play offensive line, and to have those five players together for the whole year is very important. I'm excited to get back and get back to work. I know we are going to be better this year."