Want to feel old? The Houston Texans drafted NC State defensive end Mario Williams No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft eleven years ago. The discussion of whether the Texans should draft Williams, Reggie Bush or Vince Young is long gone.
Super Mario proved to be the most productive of those three players, but that’s moot now. After signing with the Miami Dolphins less than a year ago, Mario Williams was cut for the second time in his career yesterday.
We have released DE Mario Williams, DT Earl Mitchell and waived CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) February 16, 2017
Williams, 32, had a disappointing season in his one year in Miami. He recorded just 1.5 sacks, playing in only 13 games. He had just one pass deflection, nine tackles, and three stuffs.
Miami saves $6.4 million by cutting Mario a year into his two-year deal.
Though he hasn’t played for Houston since 2011, Mario Williams is second in Texans franchise history in sacks (53), surpassed only by J.J. Watt in 2014. Mario is also second in forced fumbles (11), though he was also surpassed by Watt in 2014.
I wish Williams the best of luck in his future endeavors. Maybe the Dolphins just weren’t the right fit.