|Williams will get a friendlier greeting from Buffalo than he gave Ben. (Getty Images)|
The Bills aren't playing games this offseason and will be hyper-aggressive in the free-agent market. They kicked things off by hosting defensive end Mario Williams and wide receiver Robert Meachem, according to multiple reports ... from Bills players.
And according to those Bills players, they aren't going to let Williams and Meachem leave once they get there.
saying the Bills, the city and the fans should "do anything possible to make [them] sign."
And while the meetings between Williams, Meachem and the front office have concluded, according to the Associated Press, there were no updates provided by the team regarding how the meetings went. It's also unclear whether Williams and/or Meachem will leave town to meet with other teams.
What is clear, however, is that Buffalo is serious about locking Williams up. The Buffalo News reports that "The Bills are committed to making him the top-paid defensive player in the league."
Williams is one of the true blue-chip free agents out there. Were it not for Peyton Manning's presence on the open market, Mario would be the clear-cut No. 1 available player on the open market. Should the Bills land him, they'd do wonders towards improving their defense and, Manning aside, would make the biggest splash in free agency.
Meachem's no slouch either; while he hasn't produced monster numbers, the Bills wouldn't be bringing him in as a No. 1 wideout. They've already re-signed Stevie Johnson and he'd pair nicely as a burner for Buffalo if they can land him.
It's not going to be easy to keep the pair in Buffalo though; and Williams will be tough to hold in particular. The Bills need to roll out the red carpet and, more importantly, absolutely floor Williams with a big-time offer that keeps him from talking with too many other teams. (The News basically agrees: "If Williams were to leave town without a deal, the odds of him signing with the Bills would go dramatically down, based on the way the recruitment of elite free agents goes in the NFL.")
He'll still use that deal for leverage of course (well, I assume he will anyway), but if the Bills set the bar high enough, there might not be anyone able/willing to jump over it.