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Bills expected to announce DE Williams signing

Published: Saturday, Sept. 5 2015 4:47 a.m. MDT

FILE - This Aug. 27, 2011 file photo shows Houston Texans linebacker Mario Williams (90) before a preseason NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. A person familiar with the negotiations says free-agent defensive end Mario Williams is getting closer to signing with the Buffalo Bills.  (Marcio Jose Sanchez, File, Associated Press) FILE - This Aug. 27, 2011 file photo shows Houston Texans linebacker Mario Williams (90) before a preseason NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. A person familiar with the negotiations says free-agent defensive end Mario Williams is getting closer to signing with the Buffalo Bills. (Marcio Jose Sanchez, File, Associated Press)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon, where they're expected to announce the signing of star free-agent defensive end Mario Williams.

ESPN reported that Williams had agreed to a six-year contract. The sides had been making steady progress through three days of negotiations.

Williams is at the team's facility, and has been in discussions with Buffalo since free agency began Tuesday. Selected first overall in the 2006 draft by Houston, Williams had a franchise-best 53 sacks in six seasons with the Texans.

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