Five best fits for Mario Williams

New England, Dallas, Houston among the teams that would be best fits

Originally Published: March 6, 2012
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
Mario WilliamsGeorge Gojkovich/Getty ImagesMario Williams will have plenty of suitors now that he is a free agent.

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After reaching a five-year deal with restricted free agent running back Arian Foster on Monday, the Houston Texans declined to use their franchise tag on Mario Williams due to the prohibitive price -- roughly $22 million. While Williams played only five games last season because of a torn pectoral muscle, he remains one of the top pass-rushers in the league, with 53 career sacks. What's more, he'll play the entire 2012 season at 27 years old and should have a lot of good football left.

Now he'll also likely land on the open market soon. Considering his skill set, teams in need of pass-rush help and the systems he could land in, let's look at the five potential leading spots for one of the biggest free-agent prizes.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.