Nose Tackle Williams Agrees to Contract Extension With Bills

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kyle Williams agreed to a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills, the National Football League (NFL) team said Friday.

Financial details were not disclosed by the Bills but local media estimate the deal to be worth $39 million over six years.

Williams, a fifth-round draft pick by the Buffalo in 2006, totaled a career-high 5.5 sacks and a personal-best 77 tackles last season to rank second among NFL defensive linemen.

His 2010 form earned him his first Pro Bowl appearance. He was added to the Pro Bowl roster as an alternate after the 2009 season but did not get to play.

The 28-year-old Williams, a starter for the Bills since his rookie season, has been one of the league’s most consistent defensive players.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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BUFFALO (Reuters) – The have re-signed Shawne Merriman to a new contract with hopes the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker can help bolster their pass rush, the NFL team said on Saturday.

The Bills originally claimed the former San Diego Charger off waivers in early November but an Achilles injury prevented Merriman from playing a single down for Buffalo.

The team, last in the AFC East Division heading into their final game of the season on Sunday, did not disclose terms of the deal but the Buffalo News reported the contract is for two years and worth a total of $10.5 million.

“We had been working on it and we agreed on it and got everything signed this morning,” Bills General Manager Buddy Nix told the team’s website ().

“I know he’s a leader. He’s been a Pro Bowler. He’s only 26 years old and if he’s healthy he’ll make plays for us and help us win games.”

Merriman, known as “Lights Out” because of his hard hits, led the NFL with 39.5 sacks from 2005-07 but has been limited by injuries in recent seasons.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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Resurgent Bills Beat Dolphins 17-14

MIAMI The showed just how much they’ve improved since the start of the season, and the again looked lousy at home.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and the resurgent Bills made themselves at home in Miami, winning 17-14 Sunday to eliminate the Dolphins from the AFC playoff race.

Buffalo was woeful in a season-opening loss at home against the Dolphins, but that was before Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback. He went 16 for 26 for 223 yards in the rematch.

The Dolphins, who have won only once in Miami this season, again sputtered on offense. Chad Henne threw a costly interception and took three sacks, and kicker Dan Carpenter went 0 for 4, missing from 48, 61, 53 and 48 yards.

Buffalo (4-10) won for the fourth time in six games after starting 0-8, while Miami (7-7) lost for the eighth time in nine home games over the past two seasons.

This season, Miami is 1-6 at home and 6-1 on the road, and no NFL team has ever had such a disparity, according to STATS LLC. The Dolphins finished 0-3 in the division at home.

Henne struggled for most of the afternoon, and Miami’s ground game netted only 65 yards against a run defense ranked last in the NFL. Fans booed every time the offense came to the bench, which was often.

There were more jeers when Miami’s final, comical desperation play ended with a loose ball being batted about deep in Dolphins territory.

That ended Miami’s comeback bid. The Dolphins trailed 17-7 in the fourth quarter before Henne completed passes on seven consecutive plays to spark a 77-yard drive that ended with his 8-yard scoring pass to Brandon Marshall.

The Dolphins got the ball back at their own 20 and drove to the Bills 30, but Carpenter was wide right on a 48-yard try with 1:48 left. Miami started again from the 20 with 41 seconds to go but no timeouts remaining, and four plays failed to advance the ball beyond the 35.

Miami actually outgained Buffalo, but Fitzpatrick was at his best on an 86-yard drive in the third period. He completed two third-down passes, then threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Steve Johnson for a 17-7 lead.

George Wilson intercepted a pass by Henne in Dolphins territory to set up the game’s first score. It came on third-and-goal at the 18, when Fitzpatrick hit David Nelson in the end zone for a 7-0 lead.

C.J. Spiller’s 34-yard punt return set up a field goal to put the Bills ahead 10-0.

Miami’s Ronnie Brown scored on a 6-yard keeper out of the wildcat to cap a 64-yard drive. It was the Dolphins’ first touchdown in 53 wildcat plays this year, and only their sixth rushing TD.

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