Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams was worth dreaming about for the Bears. But it wasn't to be.
The Bears chances of pairing Williams with Julius Peppers to form a potentially devastating defensive line were slim once it became apparent that too many teams were willing to break the bank to sign the 6-foot-7 Williams.
And sure enough, the Buffalo Bills overwhelmed Williams with an offer that reportedly will make Williams the highest paid defensive player in the NFL -- in the range of six years, $96 million with $51 million guaranteed, according to the Buffalo News.
Williams had planned to visit other teams after leaving Buffalo. But the Bills were determined to not let that happen. And it did not.
The Bears still have $25 million remaining under the salary cap, sources have indicated. But it doesn't look like they'll be splurging on a defensive end. The only question is whether they'll re-sign Israel Idonije or try for a potential upgrade in free agency or the draft. With Williams out of the picture, that's all there is left.