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Posted: Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:46AM

Bills sign guard Chris Williams



(WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills have made their first move to sign a player from another franchise in the 2014 unrestricted free agency period.

The Bills announced that they have agreed to a contract with free agent guard Chris Williams. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is for four years, worth a total of $13.5 million and will pay Williams a guaranteed $5.5 million.

Coming to the Bills by way of the St. Louis Rams, the six-year veteran started each of the team's 16 games at left guard during the 2013 season. The Rams signed him in October of 2012 after Williams was released by the Chicago Bears.

Originally drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt, he was expected to be one of the team's starting tackles for the long-term. Williams didn't start a game in his rookie season, but then started 39 games for Chicago from 2009 through 2011.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone has often made the comment that he wants the Bills to get bigger along the offensive line, and the newly signed guard provides exactly that. Williams, 28, is listed at 6-foot-6 and 326-pounds.

According to ProFootballFocus.com, a service that grades every player in every game, Williams was the 74th best guard out of the 81 that qualified in the NFL in 2013. He was the 53rd best run blocker according to the service, but just the 76th ranked pass blocker.

The Bills have yet to confirm the signing. Keep checking back for more details.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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