Bills veteran defense tackle Kyle Williams will weigh retirement this offseason after ending the Bills' playoff drought in his 12th year with the team.
But if he wants to continue playing, the Bills would welcome their captain back with open arms.
"Yeah, I mean, who doesn’t love Kyle Williams? I got nothing but positive things to say about Kyle," Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Tuesday at his season-ending news conference. "To see that moment in the locker room, him and his sons, and what that meant and what Kyle’s meant to this city, he is a big time leader. I had a real good conversation with him (Monday). Sean had a conversation, he was big part of the leadership, not only on the defense, but on our team.
"You definitely would want that back but it’s a two-way thing. He’s going to reflect, I know he’s heading home to Louisiana. We’ll give him time just to sit back. After a long season, after a long career, he needs time to sit back and at the right time we’ll get together, but we’d definitely love to have Kyle back."
Williams, who joined the team as a fifth-round pick in 2006, turns 35 on June 10. He ranks 11th in team history with 167 games played, seventh in starts (162) and fifth in sacks (43.5), which has been tracked since 1982. The analytics site Pro Football Focus gave Williams a 79.7 grade this season, which ranked 52nd out of 125 qualifying interior linemen. He will be a free agent.
I’ve never changed my twitter avatar since the day I joined, but I never want to forget the look on Kyle Williams’ face when he realized Tyler Boyd was scoring. That’s every Buffalonian everywhere. #NewProfilePic #GoBills pic.twitter.com/9Hf1ofy2Jz
— John Gworek (@JohnGworek) January 4, 2018
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