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April 4, 2014 @ 11:22 am
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Bucs Deal Williams To Bills For Sixth-Round Draft Pick

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The Buccaneers decided they had had enough of wide receiver Mike Williams and sent him to the Bills for a sixth-round selection in next month's NFL Draft.
The debate on if Mike Williams should remain a Buccaneer is now over. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent the troubled receiver to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round draft pick in next month’s NFL Draft.

General manager Jason Licht released a brief statement on Friday.

“We thank Mike for his contributions to the Buccaneers over the last four seasons. At this time, we felt this was best for both sides and we wish Mike well going forward,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht.

The Bills agreed to take on Williams’ $1.8 million salary without restructuring the deal according to reports. Williams will be reunited with Doug Marrone his former coach at Syracuse who is now the head coach of the Bills.

Williams troubles began to surface and were first exposed in a PewterReport.com article on January 30 that detailed the previous regime’s issues with Williams, and that they were considering trading the former 2010 fourth-rounder. Sources told PewterReport.com late last season that Williams off-the-field behavior, that included late-night partying and social media exploits were concerning, and also that Williams had amassed over $200,000 in fines for missed rehabs, late attendance and other rule violations.

Since the January 30 PewterReport.com article Williams earned a handful of other negative headlines that frustrated new head coach Lovie Smith and Licht. In February the Tampa Bay Times exposed Williams partying ways in a  feature that included over $43,000 in damages to a Tampa rental home, loud parties, five 911 calls and a lawsuit brought against Williams for damage to the home due to a kitchen fire.

Williams also made headlines this year after being charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and trespassing after a property damage claim was made against him in connection with a dispute with a former girlfriend. Williams agreed to an intervention program that will result in those charges being dropped if he completes the program.

The loss of Williams certainly creates a hole on the Buccaneers roster. Despite the headaches, Williams was a talented and productive player for Tampa Bay. In four seasons as a Buccaneer Williams had 215 receptions for 2,947 yards and 25 touchdowns. The Buccaneers currently hold the No. 7 selection in next month's NFL Draft and wide receiver may become a target with that pick.

Williams on-the-field production earned him a new contract with the Buccaneers in 2013 when the Buffalo native signed a $40.25 million extension to keep him in Tampa Bay.







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    I say we get Sammy Watkins we need a guy that can burn people down the field Jackson and Williams are slow. If Watkins is not there I say trade down and maybe draft the cornerback from Oklahoma state Justin gilbert. Then since this class is so deep at wide receiver I say draft a fast one in the second then in the third draft a quarterback. But definitely now that Williams is gone if Watkins is there we are taking him maybe we can trade with Oakland for their pick.
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    Iloveme somefire: Jackson was CUT. He was not a free agent. In fact he only recently signed a big $ deal. Mike Williams was a good receiver. Sadly, he was doomed the day I bought his jersey. Still have my #24 BARRON, #24 REVIS, #27 BLOUNT and #19 WILLIAMS. Please don't let my #54 DAVID suffer a similar fate. As Mike "Shuffles off to Buffalo" (Old school guys might remember that tune) where he will get a chance to reunite with more familiar faces to join his posse of hangers-on; he might want to think about a Dr. Phil question before his plane lands, "How'd that work for you?"
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    Well, all the Bills fans are more than happy to get Williams for a sixth round pick. They are calling it a steal.
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    Lol I could care less what the fans of the buffalo bills are saying.
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    Not arguing here but wasn't Jackson a free agent? If so the Eagles could not have gotten anything for him...
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    The Eagles tried to trade him, but had no takers. So they released him. Then he was a free agent.
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    For those that are lamenting the fact the Bucs only got a 6th round pick for Williams, this little tidbit is enlightening. NFL Insiders report the Bucs were talking with several teams at the Owner's Meeting about a 4th round pick to trade Williams. There was real interest and then the news broke that he was stabbed by his brother. All talks just shut down. They continued to work teams and the best they could do after all this off-field crap, was get a 6th round pick in exchange. Considering the Eagles got nothing for Desean Jackson, who is many times better than Williams, the Bucs did some fast talking to get what they did. The problem is, now they need 2 receivers and 2 guards out of this coming draft or additions in FA.
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    I think you guys are over reacting. The Eagles got ZERO, Z-E-R-O, for D. Jackson. Are you telling me MW is better?
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    I'm glad the Bucs' management reads my posts! On March 26th, I wrote: "@JayBuc - Great points about stadium upgrades. I hope that type of info. is somehow passed on to the owner. @ nybuccguy - I doubt Williams will be cut; but if I were GM, I'd see if there is an interest in a trade...check with Buffalo or one of the two NEW York teams since he played college ball in Syracuse. Perhaps sending him back to the freezing north country would cool him off a bit." Then they traded him to Buffalo!
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    going to take a high pick to replace those great hands and that production...off the field stuff blown way out of proportion again...one of the best WR ever in a Bucs uni and we get a 6th round pick to fill the practice squad...not getting the return.
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    Mike Evans is rated higher than 7 by a couple of respected scouting lists. The Bucs could be targeting him as their seventh pick. He will probably be available. The other option is to trade up to 4 if Watkins is not in the first 3 picks. Watkins is the real deal. He will become better than Jackson. It would be a tremendous coup. This also frees up cap room to sign another FA receiver or returner. One may become available after the draft.
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    This is great for MW and his career- hopefully his dopey crew of cavemen will stay in Florida and be turned off by the trip north so mike can get his s**t together!! good for him and for the Bucs who just need to continue to move forward....hope he can get his life back on track- it's hard when you are a young man to realize that the some of the people you call friends are the farthest thing from it..
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    I don't like the move obviously. It's okay to pick up another draft pick this year but at some point we have to grab our jerseys and our nuts and actually play football. At this point everyone is healthy besides Nicks and we have one great receiving threat and one good one. That includes the WR, TE, RB and FB with the great receiving option being V. Jackson and the good one being Wright. What happens between today and opening day in September when everyone isn't healthy? I hope Tedford can work miracles with rookies at WR and TE...
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    and we will. but this team had to be torn down and rebuilt. Rome wasnt built in a day but Light and Smith are trying hard too. We will have the players needed. dont worry about that
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    Don't sell Lewis Murphy short. He could take William's place and that would keep teams from loading the line of scrimmage, because Murphy at 4.3 speed can outrun most secondaries on go routes. However, now that we have freed up 1.8 million dollars, I say get Sydney Rice too, who is a very smooth, experienced receiver who knows how to get open in the NFL and move the chains. He was very productive when he played at South Carolina and my Cousin taught him in school in Gaffney, S.C., and speaks highly of him. He is a fine person as well as an athlete. No Williams problems! I do hope that the change of scenery will be enough to give Mike Williams a new start on his football career, and he can leave all the bad influences here behind. He deserves a big thank you for what he accomplished for the Bucs since he was drafted. The Offense when Freeman started was mostly throwing to Williams and a Veteran Tight End. For those who try to excuse Glennon's poor production last year on the fact he only had two good receivers--I will remind them Freeman did a lot better with just two good receivers too!!!
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    So many options for us now. Evans in the 1st? Or Maybe Ebron? Make a play for Johnson when he gets released, as he brings that element of speed we want. 2nd/3rd rounds - Defense/OL, or another WR? Perhaps Tedford has a plan for using Demps and Page more for quick slants or speed options. Point is, we don't know what Li-Lo plan on doing, so there is no sense in getting worked up until we make our final pick of this years draft. Then we will have an idea of where the teams stands. After we make our final pick on May 11th, then we can all start the hysterics and panicking.
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    I am glad we got something for him. I would stick to a plan to take either a DL or LB at spot 7. There's plenty of WR's in later rounds.
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    If you think Louis Murphy is the answer as our backup plan at WR. Think again. Murphy had 5 more catches and an equal amount of TD's as Donald Penn last year. VJax can expect triple coverage from the time he walks out of the locker.
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    This really looking like a Buddy Ryan,oops, I mean Lovie Smith team. No offensive line, no receivers and no QB. The only thing the offense is good for is to let the defense practice. And it won't be a tough practice. This was Lovie's MO in Chicago and hear it comes to TB. 0-0-16 may be the best we can do if the defensive genius can throw 16 shutouts. In soccer 3-0 is an insurmountable lead, it may be the same for the Bucs.
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    Sad to see Mike go but glad we actually got something out of it for once. Still need to sign at least one more WR in FA like Sidney Rice or Denario Alexander because I have very little faith for Louis Murphy and the rest of the WRs not named VJax. I also dont think we can afford to draft 2 WRs considering the low amount of draft picks unless we trade down to get more but I dont see that happening either. Plenty of time to figure it out before the draft.
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    The writing was on the wall with the Louis Murphy signing and all the bad press. Need two more WR's via the draft/FA.
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    Well this is George Hicks in Alba,Texas I've loved all the moves that Tampa has made. Tampa has another draft choice a 6th rounder in may draft. I think if Sammy Walkins is there at pick 7 I'd say great. But I think Tampa could trade down a few picks for additional pick Right now Tampa has a #1,#2,#3,#5,#6 now and a #7. Now Tampa has 6 picks. I would love for Tampa to get DT Aaron Donald with their first round pick. Can you Imagine I Tampa trade down for a couple of slots and pick up another pick or too. I wouldn't believe if JAD Clowneywas available at #3 would Tampa trade up for him.I say do it Bucs.GO BUCS What if Tampa Bay is now moving into positioning to get WR Mike Evans the big WR from Texas A&M. How abow Tampa picking up mult pick in Round-2
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    Mike Williams has off the field issues and now he goes back HOME? Troubles may get bigger. Not our concern.
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    Sorry to see Mike leave but maybe getting out of town will help him to turn his life around. Need to put the help wanted sign up as we are now very thin at WR. We only got a 6 rounder but maybe we could put a 7th with it and move into the 5th.This trade on the surface does not look good but when you want speed in space Mike had a hard time with separation but was very good at contested catches. With his large salary next year I believe they would let him go next year anyway. This is a sure case of building towards the future with speed in space and good character players.
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    So. He took the money and went back home. On, " The glass is half empty" side this appears to be bad for Tampa Bay. On "The glass is half full" side this opens up really good opportunity for a home grown receiver that wants to play here and plays good ball. I like Watkins if we can get him. Thanks Mike! You did well when you were serious about playing ball here. Farewell.
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    You can't teach big, give me big, give me Mike Evans!
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    I would love to see Marquis Lee in Tampa I have seen him play many times and he is a more polished receiver than Mike Evans, hopefully we can trade back a few picks to do so
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