Kyle Williams played alongside Marcell Dareus for seven seasons. He was as close to Dareus as anyone on the Bills. He spent a lot of time trying to counsel his troubled teammate on how to be a responsible pro. When the Bills traded Dareus on Friday evening, Williams wanted to say goodbye in person.
"I went and saw Marcell the night it went down," Williams said after the Bills' 34-14 win over the Raiders on Sunday. "The first thing, I think it's best for both sides. Kind of where everything was headed, I think it's good for him to have a change of scenery and move on from here.
"I love the guy, wish nothing but the best for him. It's still tough for me, because I poured a lot of myself into him over the last seven years. So it's tough to see him go, but he'll always be a friend and I'll always pull for him."
Williams wouldn't speculate on why things didn't work out for Dareus, who had multiple suspensions for marijuana use and was never the same player after signing a six-year, $96 million contract extension two years ago.
"I'm not going to go into any specific details about anything that's happened in this locker room or anywhere else, but I think it's going to be a good thing," Williams said.
It seemed as if Bills management was saying, "We can do it without Marcell," and the players seem to have reaffirmed that in the game.
"Well, we can do it without any of us," Williams said. "That's the great thing about any of us. We're a team, you know?"
"Sure, why not. If I go down, somebody steps up, we win a football game. We have a safety go down, a guy steps up, gets a pick to score a touchdown, we win a football game. So next guy up."