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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