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Mario Williams Rumors: Would New England Patriots Pursue DE In Free Agency?

The Houston Texans recently signed Arian Foster to a monster deal, which should help their running game for the next five years. But the signing could also help to push defensive end Mario Williams out the door, which begs the question:

If Williams becomes a free agent, would the New England Patriots pursue him?

Sports Illustrated's Peter King believes they should:

I think I'm more convinced than ever: The Patriots, who need major help on defense, should be at the front of the pursuit pack for Mario Williams, assuming the Texans don't put the franchise tag on him.

The Patriots have rarely made big-name splashes in free agency, but acquiring Williams makes sense on many levels. New England's defense struggled in 2011 and has not been stout for years. Williams, if healthy, would immediately become New England's best pass rusher, and he possesses the versatility Bill Belichick craves.

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