[UPDATE: 5:10 p.m. ET]
The anticipated deal between Mario Williams and the Miami Dolphins is now reportedly a reality.
Former Bills and Texans DE Mario Williams and Miami Dolphins reached agreement on 2-year deal, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2016
Mario Williams has been the big name connected to the New York Giants as they search for ways to improve their anemic pass rush. According to a published report, however, Williams is "not in play" for the Giants at this point.
Williams, 31, was cut by the Buffalo Bills last week after a disappointing season in which he accumulated only five sacks after totaling 38 the three previous seasons combined. Reports began circulating Sunday that Williams was going to visit the Giants. To this point, however, that visit has not materialized. The Giants did host another recently-released veteran defensive end, Charles Johnson.
Perhaps word that Williams wanted $10 million annually to sign on the dotted line turned the Giants off. Perhaps the Giants are concerned about Williams' reputation for putting forth inconsistent effort. Perhaps this is all a smokescreen and Williams will end up with the Giants.
Right now, it's impossible to say. The only thing we know for sure is that the Giants are checking in with just about every available pass rusher on the market and that what ultimately happens with Jason Pierre-Paul will go a long way toward determining how the other dominoes fall. Keep it here as we keep you posted on more developments with Williams and other free agents the Giants may show interest in.