Buffalo Bills Defensive Tackle Kyle Williams to Retire

Kyle Williams
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 21: Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) looks up to watch a replay during the NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills on October 21, 2018, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams will retire after the regular season finale against the AFC East rival, Miami Dolphins.

The 13-year veteran defensive lineman has sported only the colors of the Bills throughout his career. Buffalo drafted him in the fifth round (134th overall) out of Louisiana State University.

Long-Time Buffalo Bills Defensive Lineman Kyle Williams Announces Retirement

This season, the 35-year-old has registered five sacks, 18 solo tackles, 31 total tackles, and one forced fumble. Williams also added 15 quarterback hits this season.

In all, throughout his career, Williams has been selected to five Pro Bowls in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and most recently in 2016. He was a mainstay for the Bills franchise for years. Despite losses and underwhelming seasons, Bills fans could always count on Williams to play his heart out.

Williams was a member of the Bills team that made the playoffs in 2017. They ended the longest post-season drought in the NFL dating back to 1999.

Players and coaches alike could count on the veteran for leadership and accountability. He, along with 2006 draft classmate, Mario Williams combined to lead a feared Bills defensive line from 2012-14.

Despite his advanced age, Williams was still a solid player as he played the most snap among Bills defensive tackles this year. He has had a few dominant performances this year alone, but they did not necessarily end in wins.

In the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, he had half a sack, four total tackles, one QB hit, and two tackles for losses. In a close game against the Houston Texans, he recorded two sacks, three tackles, one tackle for loss, and three quarterback hits.

In a 24-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had one and a half sacks, six tackles, one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits. And, in yet another close loss against the New York Jets, he racked up four tackles.

Over the course of his career, he has registered 48.5 career sacks, which ranks fifth in Bills history. He also totaled 102 career tackles for loss which is the highest mark in franchise history.

Williams has had a few dominant seasons in his career, but 2013 has to be his career-best. He had 68 total tackles and 10.5 sacks.

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