Jags sign former Bills offensive tackle Mike Williams

Updated: March 14, 2006, 7:05 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Offensive tackle Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft, signed Tuesday with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 6-foot-6, 360 pound Williams was cut by Buffalo last month after four disappointing seasons.

In Jacksonville, he could push starting right tackle Maurice Williams for playing time but more likely will replace backups Mike Pearson and Ephraim Salaam.

Pearson and Salaam each started games last season before getting benched in favor of rookie Khalif Barnes. They are free agents and unlikely to re-sign with the Jaguars.

Williams started five games for the Bills last season, four at right tackle and one at left guard. He started 42 games at right tackle over the previous three years.

"My goals in Jacksonville are to become the dominant offensive tackle that I know I am and in the process help this team win games," he said.

Also Tuesday, the Jags re-signed two unrestricted free agents: cornerback Terry Cousin and defensive end Marcellus Wiley.

Cousin played in all 16 games last season -- working mostly in nickel and dime situations -- and had 56 tackles and four interceptions.

He likely will remain in the same role this fall, especially since the Jaguars signed cornerback Brian Williams to a six-year, $32 million deal last week. Williams will start opposite budding star Rashean Mathis.

Wiley, a 10-year veteran who also played for Buffalo, San Diego and Dallas, played in 11 games with one start last season. He finished with 11 tackles and four quarterback pressures.

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