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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills

Mike Williams’ career in Tampa has come to an end.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded Williams to the Buffalo Bills Friday morning for a 2014 sixth round draft pick according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Williams has fallen out of favour in Tampa as off-field problems have led to Jason Licht moving the former Syracuse receiver.

Last month Williams was stabbed in the thigh by his brother. Last summer, Williams caused nearly $50,000 worth of damage to the home he was renting and apparently was a constant distraction for neighbours. He was also charged with trespassing in December after he tried to get into his ex-girlfriends house while breaking the front door off its hinges. While he wasn’t arrested, Williams entered a misdemeanour intervention program that will allow the charges of trespassing and criminal mischief to be dropped. Finally, Williams also reportedly missed numerous team meetings after going on IR.

The Buccaneers reportedly called the other 31 teams to determine their interest in Williams, but only two teams responded. It’s unclear who the other team was besides the Bills.

For the Bucs, it ends a four-year relationship with Williams. After sliding to the fourth round in the 2010 draft due to off-field issues at Syracuse, Williams wound up playing 54 games for the Bucs, catching 215 passes for 2,947 yards with 25 touchdowns.

Alongside Vincent Jackson, they formed one of the best wideout tandems in the NFL in 2012, so much so that the Bucs gave William a six-year deal worth $40.25 million.

By trading Williams, the Bucs are now very thin at receiver. Aside from Jackson, the Bucs have no established receivers on their roster. With that in mind, it’s safe to say receiver will be a high priority for the Bucs at next months draft.

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  • Brett Kaplan

    Chances they draft Sammy Watkins now, if he falls that far?

  • Vince Ferlita

    Watkins at 7 was never in doubt. If he falls that’s an amazing pick, he won’t make it past 5. Now do you take Evans at 7? Will teams want to trade up? We will see come draft day but at least this is probably the deepest WR draft ever.

    • Jayson Kaplan

      I agree, it’s a deep draft for WRs, so with that in mind, I’d be more than happy to trade down with some team, pick up a WR later and have an extra pick handy to add depth somewhere. I just don’t see spending a #7 pick on a WR, any WR.

  • RussMillerWY

    The Glazer’s are burning down the Bucs for the insurance money. With all the things the NFL can fine and suspend players for, there’s got to be some kind of discipline for demolition ownership. Maybe they can take the $20 million or so in pure profit they got from ditching Williams and Revis and refund it to Bucs fans on the form of Patriots tickets.

    • Jayson Kaplan

      They’re turning around and spending this freed-up cap money on other free agents. How is that “pure profit” into the Glazer’s pockets? I wasn’t thrilled about parting with Revis either, but that kind of hyperbole doesn’t serve anyone.

      Also, there is not only a hard cap, but a hard salary floor in the NFL which means your criticism of the NFL is as misplaced as your criticism of the Glazers.

      • Vince Ferlita

        Seriously, they are doing what they can to help now. Smith is a great
        coach with no ties to NE. Revis was overpaid no matter what and he was
        out of scheme with a T2. Verner is perfect and was supposed to make a
        lot more. We used the cap money wisely and numerous players came out and
        said Smith was the reason they came to TB.