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Buffalo Bills

Impact moves: The Bills stunned the NFL by winning the bidding for defensive end Mario Williams, who was considered the prize of the league’s free-agent class. Fellow end Mark Anderson also was signed, giving new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt the bookend pass-rushers he wanted in Buffalo’s new 4-3 scheme. The Bills re-signed wide receiver Stevie Johnson, middle linebacker Kirk Morrison and tight end Scott Chandler before the start of free agency.

Significant losses: Left tackle Demetress Bell signed with Philadelphia.

Top draft need: The Bills must decide whether second-year left tackle Chris Hairston is good enough to serve as Bell’s replacement. If not, a top prospect like Iowa’s Riley Reiff would make sense with the No. 10 overall pick. Buffalo also is expected to draft a quarterback in the second or third round.

Analysis: The Bills gave Williams a six-year, $100 million contract that included $50 million in guaranteed money. Buffalo hopes that expenditure sparks a franchise turnaround like when Green Bay — another team considered a free-agent outpost at the time — signed defensive end Reggie White in 1993.

Grade: A
- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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