Mike Williams trade: Buccaneers send WR to Bills

Al Messerschmidt

Mike Williams is headed to the Bills in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He will reunite with former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone.

Mike Williams will reunite with his former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone after a trade sent the wide receiver to the Buffalo Bills from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a sixth-round pick, per ESPN. Williams is coming of an injury-plagues season during which he caught just 22 passes in six games, but had more than 60 receptions in his first three seasons in the NFL.

Funny enough, Williams and Marrone were not on good terms when they last worked together. Williams reportedly quit the Syracuse football team with four games left in the 2009 season after earning a suspension for being involved in a car crash after team curfew. He explained to the Syracuse.com in 2010 that his departure was a misunderstanding between him and Marrone, and that his coach had tried to give him a call and offer a chance to come back but Williams' phone had been lost in the wreck.

"It was just a misunderstanding with me and the coach," Williams said. "The mistake I made was walking out of his office out of frustration. I didn't quit at all."

Any animosity between head coach and player is apparently gone. Williams is headed to Buffalo where he will be a welcomed addition to a young receiving corps. The Bills drafted Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in the second and third rounds, respectively, of the 2013 NFL Draft to complement Stevie Johnson and T.J. Graham. Williams gives the team even more depth and size at the position.

Williams will need to prove he is healthy before making an impact. He was relatively productive to begin this past season, but was placed on injured reserve in October due to a torn hamstring. Given the propensity of hamstring injuries to linger, Williams isn't guaranteed to return to his usual production levels next season in Buffalo. Williams also will have to answer for a string of minor off-field incidents, including an altercation with his brother during which Williams was stabbed.

Williams was acquired cheap, however, and has the potential to be an immensely useful player, especially with the Bills trying to develop a promising second-year quarterback in E.J. Manuel.

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