Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams (19) catches the ball for a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) attempts to defend during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Williams Charged With Misdemeanor Criminal Charges From December Incident


It appears as tho Mike Williams’ perceived antics off-the-field finally crossed the line in December, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ young receiver is facing criminal charges, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Greg Auman reported on Saturday that Williams has been summoned to court later this month to face charges of criminal mischief and trespassing which came about due to an unknown incident in December.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Mike Williams frustrated his former bosses with his “off the field antics” which included “being a rapper” and “not posting football related content on Instagram.” And while those things weren’t enough to let go of WIlliams, a return to having a criminal record will start to get the front office members thinking about how to move on from the polarizing receiver.

As we saw with Eric Wright, the Buccaneers have a history of writing in clauses to contracts to allow a quick out if the player is involved in a criminal proceeding. Williams has a trouble passed that is littered with “near misses” including dropped charges and multiple suspensions during college.

Williams is now on thin ice, as there’s a clear difference between having run-ins with the law and simply having hobbies off the field. It will be interesting to see how the Bucs’ new staff deals with Williams and his teammate Akeem Spence, who was also arrested this offseason.

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  • Steve Batchelor

    And after reporting on this you still say that drafting Sammy Watkins at 7 will be a mistake, Leo?

    I know this is a deep WR class but the only 2 WR’s that fit what Tedford has commented on about “in space” are Watkins and Cooks. There are quite a few WR’s I really like in this draft but most are either said to be a #1 or #2 and don’t have the quick twitch speed. Matthews from Vanderbilt will be a great pick up in the 2nd but still isn’t what Tedford is looking for from his comments.

    My reasoning for Sammy at 7 is that I believe Cooks will be gone when we select in the 2nd and if we don’t get one of the 2 we are going to look remarkably like last year when we see 8 in the box on every down with Vjac as the only reliable WR.

    The only other and maybe the best option would be to trade down and pick up the extra picks we have lost and selecting either Ebron or Amaro later in the first…The biggest problem I see there is finding a trade partner…Maybe if someone falls that a team is in love with but I don’t see it happening.

    • LeoTPP

      I stated my case about Watkins. Until Mike Williams is off the team, my stance remains the same.

      And you have absolutely no idea when Cooks will be gone, and you don’t draft someone in the first because another player you want “will be gone in the second.”

      There are also other fast receivers in this draft. Look around, you’ll find them.

      • Steve Batchelor

        I have as much an idea that Cooks will be gone when we select in the 2nd as anyone that reads the myriad mocks that pop up everywhere and I never said that drafting Watkins would be because Cooks would be gone in the second. What I said is that is the kind of talent we need on the offense..I’d prefer Watkins because of his size and ability to be a #1 or #2 and a slot receiver…I think Cooks would make a great slot receiver but is a little too small to be used outside and would be a great pick up in the 2nd.

        Yes, I’m sure there are other fast receivers in the draft, but none of them are even close to either Watkins or Cooks in production or physical makeup..That I have seen or they would be talked about as higher draft picks than they are.

        I left you another comment about CJ Mosley… Been reading about him…Great pickup and would complete the defense but I believe if we take him at 7 we are setting up the offense to fail. Trading back in the first and picking up a 2nd and 3rd and then drafting Mosley would be ideal because we would still be able to draft the offensive options with 2 2nd rounders and a 3rd.

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