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All are mentioning the ATLANTA FALCONS as a likely landing spot for Mario Williams.

http://www.nfl.com/n...-in-free-agency

The franchise tag deadline came and went Monday, and the Texans opted against using their tag on former No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams. This means one of the league's premier pass rushers likely will hit the open market when free agency begins March 13. Where will Williams end up in 2012?<p class="news-predictions">

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  • Steve Wyche NFL.com

  • Texans will have to fight off Seahawks, Falcons
    There are plenty of teams that could use Mario Williams, but the two places I've recently heard that could be in play are Seattle and Atlanta. The Seahawks' emerging defense could thrive with a versatile "elephant" linebacker/defensive end like Williams who can really get after the quarterback. The Falcons are letting aging pass-rush specialist John Abraham hit the free agent market and they desperately need a pass rusher in a division loaded with talented QBs.
    When all is said and done, though, I think the Texans find a way to retain Williams, who is too young and too good to let walk away.

  • Charley Casserly NFL.com

  • Eagles could make biggest free agency splash ... again
    There are a number of teams that need an outside pass rusher and Mario Williams is versatile enough to do it as a defensive end or outside linebacker. He is entering his prime and there are very few options in this year's draft at DE.
    I think Jacksonville will come hard after him. The Jaguars have a need, plenty of cap room and know him well from the division. My three dark-horse teams are the Patriots (need), Jets (need) and Eagles (not a need, but the Eagles do like pass rushers).
    I'll go against conventional thinking and pick the Eagles. They pulled off the Nnamdi Asomugha signing when nobody expected it. Mario Williams in a wide nine technique would be something to watch!

Charles DavisNFL Network


  • Williams could be missing piece for Packers' defense
    If Mario Williams decides to take his talents out of Houston, think of him again as a 4-3 defensive end. In a QB-driven league, the next most valuable players are pass rushers, and Big Mario is one of the best.
    Green Bay is not a 4-3 team, but its lack of pass rush contributed to not defending the title. Atlanta also could use Williams to fortify its pass rush.

  • Adam Rank NFL.com

  • Pair Williams with Peppers? Scary thought for Bears' foes
    If you'll allow me the chance to offer a possibility, here's one which could be interesting: the Chicago Bears. Can you imagine a defensive line with Williams and Julius Peppers? That would be one way to slow down division rivals Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. Is this just a fantasy or could it become reality?
    The Bears figure to be bidders in free agency. The team has been linked to Vincent Jackson, but free agent receivers can be tricky. It would be more prudent to address the receiver issue in the draft (Michael Floyd?).
    I'd put the money into Williams, who instantly improves the defense and makes the cornerbacks much more effective, filling another need. And let's be honest, as a football fan, I would love to see a defensive line with bookends Williams and Peppers. It would be too much fun to watch. And for the Bears, it would make a lot of sense, too.

  • Bucky Brooks NFL.com

  • Falcons could win South with Williams in the mix
    The Atlanta Falcons are the best fit for Williams. They desperately need a pass rusher of his skill, and GM Thomas Dimitroff has made it known they need to become more explosive along the defensive front.
    Williams will command an enormous salary, but his ability to create disruption off the edge could push the Falcons over the top in the NFC South.

  • Jason Smith NFL.com

  • Titans, Seahawks might make most sense
    It's fun to hear the sexy names like Christina Hendricks and Olivia Munn tossed ... er, sorry ... Dallas and New England tossed around, but let's be realistic. Williams is more of a luxury than a need for the Cowboys, who might have Jerry Jones playing corner next season. There's been a lot of chatter about Williams and the Patriots, but come on: He's in the prime of his career and this is the last big contract he'll ever sign. He's not taking less to go play for the Patriots. So I'm looking at the teams with the most money, who can afford a big contract, and I keep coming back to Tennessee and Seattle.
    The Titans are intriguing. They could help cripple a division rival while immensely helping themselves. That might be too hard to pass up, even though their palms would sweat at the final price tag. The Seahawks just committed a lot of cash to Marshawn Lynch, but they give me every indication that they're heading into free agency with a spending purpose. They didn't use their franchise tag, which everyone thought could go to Red Bryant for upwards of $10 million for next year. But doing so might have stopped them from going after Williams. Now they can.

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Steve Wyche is another guy that i listen to more about Falcons info because he has a good relationship with the falcons

Steve is a talented smooth reporter - but he was lazy, too when he was AJC beatwriter on Falcons - I think once you get on the NFL Network you get a ton more access to stuff though.

I like Wyche a lot and think he is doing good job on Channel 879.

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All are mentioning the ATLANTA FALCONS as a likely landing spot for Mario Williams.

http://www.nfl.com/n...-in-free-agency

The franchise tag deadline came and went Monday, and the Texans opted against using their tag on former No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams. This means one of the league's premier pass rushers likely will hit the open market when free agency begins March 13. Where will Williams end up in 2012?<p class="news-predictions">

  • steve_wyche-110726_65.jpg
  • Steve Wyche NFL.com

  • Texans will have to fight off Seahawks, Falcons
    There are plenty of teams that could use Mario Williams, but the two places I've recently heard that could be in play are Seattle and Atlanta. The Seahawks' emerging defense could thrive with a versatile "elephant" linebacker/defensive end like Williams who can really get after the quarterback. The Falcons are letting aging pass-rush specialist John Abraham hit the free agent market and they desperately need a pass rusher in a division loaded with talented QBs.
    When all is said and done, though, I think the Texans find a way to retain Williams, who is too young and too good to let walk away.

  • Charley Casserly NFL.com

  • Eagles could make biggest free agency splash ... again
    There are a number of teams that need an outside pass rusher and Mario Williams is versatile enough to do it as a defensive end or outside linebacker. He is entering his prime and there are very few options in this year's draft at DE.
    I think Jacksonville will come hard after him. The Jaguars have a need, plenty of cap room and know him well from the division. My three dark-horse teams are the Patriots (need), Jets (need) and Eagles (not a need, but the Eagles do like pass rushers).
    I'll go against conventional thinking and pick the Eagles. They pulled off the Nnamdi Asomugha signing when nobody expected it. Mario Williams in a wide nine technique would be something to watch!

Charles DavisNFL Network


  • Williams could be missing piece for Packers' defense
    If Mario Williams decides to take his talents out of Houston, think of him again as a 4-3 defensive end. In a QB-driven league, the next most valuable players are pass rushers, and Big Mario is one of the best.
    Green Bay is not a 4-3 team, but its lack of pass rush contributed to not defending the title. Atlanta also could use Williams to fortify its pass rush.

  • Adam Rank NFL.com

  • Pair Williams with Peppers? Scary thought for Bears' foes
    If you'll allow me the chance to offer a possibility, here's one which could be interesting: the Chicago Bears. Can you imagine a defensive line with Williams and Julius Peppers? That would be one way to slow down division rivals Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. Is this just a fantasy or could it become reality?
    The Bears figure to be bidders in free agency. The team has been linked to Vincent Jackson, but free agent receivers can be tricky. It would be more prudent to address the receiver issue in the draft (Michael Floyd?).
    I'd put the money into Williams, who instantly improves the defense and makes the cornerbacks much more effective, filling another need. And let's be honest, as a football fan, I would love to see a defensive line with bookends Williams and Peppers. It would be too much fun to watch. And for the Bears, it would make a lot of sense, too.

  • Bucky Brooks NFL.com

  • Falcons could win South with Williams in the mix
    The Atlanta Falcons are the best fit for Williams. They desperately need a pass rusher of his skill, and GM Thomas Dimitroff has made it known they need to become more explosive along the defensive front.
    Williams will command an enormous salary, but his ability to create disruption off the edge could push the Falcons over the top in the NFC South.

  • Jason Smith NFL.com

  • Titans, Seahawks might make most sense
    It's fun to hear the sexy names like Christina Hendricks and Olivia Munn tossed ... er, sorry ... Dallas and New England tossed around, but let's be realistic. Williams is more of a luxury than a need for the Cowboys, who might have Jerry Jones playing corner next season. There's been a lot of chatter about Williams and the Patriots, but come on: He's in the prime of his career and this is the last big contract he'll ever sign. He's not taking less to go play for the Patriots. So I'm looking at the teams with the most money, who can afford a big contract, and I keep coming back to Tennessee and Seattle.
    The Titans are intriguing. They could help cripple a division rival while immensely helping themselves. That might be too hard to pass up, even though their palms would sweat at the final price tag. The Seahawks just committed a lot of cash to Marshawn Lynch, but they give me every indication that they're heading into free agency with a spending purpose. They didn't use their franchise tag, which everyone thought could go to Red Bryant for upwards of $10 million for next year. But doing so might have stopped them from going after Williams. Now they can.

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Steve Wyche is another guy that i listen to more about Falcons info because he has a good relationship with the falcons

Agreed. He always has good info.

Plus of course Mario wants to go to a contender and with his services we should definitely finally get over the hump to the next level.

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Why the need to have a million Mario Williams threads? Why not have 1 Mario Williams thread that has about 100 pages in it?

don't read it......if you don't want to read my threads - then skip them - if you are uncertain if my thread is about Mario - just assume it is and skip it.

Moderators are free to combine threads - I know they do that on the Saints Report. The reason I put in separate thread is because it is something different - i keep reading over and over saying "No way are the Falcons going to sign Mario Williams" from about 1/2 the posters on here - i'm just highlighting that the talking heads out there see the Falcons need at Defensive End, know that the Falcons are playoff contender with cap room and understand that Falcons - if interested - would have a very good chance to sign Mario as he would likely show interest in Atlanta as well.

maybe its not noteworthy to you - it is me.

This will all be over in a 5 days......if Falcons don't get Mario, then it won't be a topic of conversation anymore.

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Well g-dawg after reading that article with more teams in the Williams race than I thought my hopes were dashed. We will not outbid half of those teams so I guess Super Mario is a pipe dream after all.

man Xfactor - you sure do give up easy. c'mon mannnnnnnnnnnnn......

here is the deal - I'm sure one team might offer a little bit more - but once the bidding is up around $14-$15mil/yr - at that point - other factors will come into play - that are nonmonetary in nature.

Where do I want to live?

What coaching staff do I like the best?

How good are the teams that I am considering?

etc., etc.

For example: Let's say the two top teams are Atlanta and Seattle

Hometown: Richlands, North Carolina

College: N.C. State

COMPARISONS:

Atlanta QB: Matt Ryan

Seattle QB: Tavarris Jackson

Atlanta: 4 straight winning seasons and 3 playoff appearances

Seattle: 1 playoff appearnance and no winning seasons

Atlanta: good weather

Seattle: rains all the time - high suicide rate.

To me, any of those items could be worth $1-2million per year to someone that makes that amount of money

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