MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the situation says free-agent defensive Mario Williams is meeting Saturday with the Miami Dolphins.

The person confirmed the meeting to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins had not commented.

Long one of the NFL's top pass rushers, Williams had only five sacks last year for the Buffalo Bills, who released him Tuesday.

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The Dolphins are interested because they may lose defensive end Olivier Vernon. On Tuesday, Miami placed a $12.734 million transition tag on Vernon. That allows him to negotiate with other teams, although the Dolphins have the right of first refusal to match any offer.

Miami's other starting end is 34-year-old Cameron Wake, who is coming off a torn Achilles tendon.

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