The Buffalo Bills and defensive tackle Kyle Williams agreed to a six-year contract extension on Friday, a timely conclusion to negotiations that heated up over the last few days.
Williams, 28, will receive $17 million in guaranteed money and a maximum of $39 million over the life of the contract, according to a source. He and his agent began contract discussions with the Bills two weeks ago.
Both sides were amenable to a deal and Williams informed his agent, Albert Elias, that he wanted to remain with the Bills for the remainder of his career. Elias and the Bills made significant progress this week and exchanged proposals on Thursday. The Bills made an official announcement Friday evening.
Williams had two years left on the contract he signed in July 2008, worth an average of $3.6 million a year.
The Bills have been criticized for failing to sign key players as they approached free agency, and for the trading of wide receiver Lee Evans, but they worked hard to retain Williams and want to re-sign receiver Stevie Johnson.
"People don't give the Bills enough credit for committing to win; I think this shows their commitment to trying to be a successful football team again," Elias said. "They locked up a player who's on his third contract in five years and that shows they know how to recognize talent."
Buffalo used a fifth-round pick to select Williams out of LSU in the 2006 draft and he has flourished since. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2010 after recording 77 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks. He was a first alternate who was added to replace injured Oakland Raiders lineman Richard Seymour.