2012 NFL Free Agent Predictions: Breaking Down Market for DE Mario Williams

Scott RussellContributor IIMarch 11, 2012

Mario Williams will be the most sought-after defensive player when free agency signing period begins on March 13.

Williams has accumulated 53 sacks over six seasons with the Houston Texans and has the kind of talent that defensive coordinators dream of.

Houston will do everything in its power to keep Williams on the Texans but the chances of this happening continue to dwindle.

If a deal is not done before Tuesday, the Texans will likely lose Williams to the highest potential suitor.

Williams is in line to receive a contract close to $100 million, which limits the number of teams who can potentially sign him.

The Seattle Seahawks are appearing to be one of the front runners to sign the defensive end turned outside linebacker.

Outside linebacker Lofa Tatupu was signed by the Atlanta Falcons and Williams could fill the void he leaves in Seattle.

Seattle did not use its franchise tag this offseason, which leaves it with enough cap space to make a go at Williams even after spending big money to lock up running back Marshawn Lynch.

The Chicago Bears could be in the market for Williams as well.

The Bears would be drastically improved with both Williams and defensive end Julius Peppers rushing quarterbacks for Chicago.

Signing Williams would create the added pressure on Aaron Rodgers that is necessary for the Bears to compete against their rival.

A number of other teams are in the mix and there is always the chance of a team coming out of nowhere to sign the big-name defensive talent.