Williams, who turns 35 in June, logged 41 tackles and three sacks in 16 games for the Bills in 2017. While he's not quite the IDP force he was earlier in his career, the five-time Pro Bowler remains a key cog in the Buffalo defense, while bringing valuable leadership ability to the table.
Williams is planning on returning for at least one more season, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Williams has been mulling retirement since the Bills were bounced from the playoffs and it appears he still isn't 100 percent certain about a decision. Though he's leaning towards a return, that decision has yet to be set in stone.
Williams, who played 45 defensive snaps and logged a tackle in his first-ever playoff game Sunday in a 12-season NFL career, is undecided about his future, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "I don't have one," the veteran said about his timetable for a decision. "We'll meet with the people who need to be met with, and discuss it and we'll see where we go."
Williams was the heart and soul of the Bills' surprising run to the playoffs and can still play at a high level, but there's a lot of wear and tear on his body after all this time in the league, plus there's something to be said for finally reaching the playoffs and helping the team snap a 17-season drought. It seems unlikely he'd start fresh with a new team, so we'll see if he wants to come back for one more go-round with Sean McDermott's process.
Williams (groin) is active for Sunday's contest against the Patriots.
Williams only registered one limited practice this week, but there wasn't much doubt about the veteran lineman's ability to play come Sunday. He's expected to see his normal role along the starting defensive line.
Williams is enough of a veteran that he could probably go the entire week without practicing and still play capably Sunday. With his career winding down and without a single playoff game on his fine resume, there's no way Williams is missing Week 16.
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