The Buffalo Bills found a wide receiver to complement their offense, and it didn't cost much to do so. The Bills announced that they have acquired wide receiver Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth-round pick (185th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Williams, a 26-year old Buffalo native, has been in the news for the wrong reasons as of late. In college, Williams was suspended for an entire year from the Syracuse football team for a violation of team rules. This past March, Williams made headlines after being stabbed in the thigh by his brother. Over the past few days, it was also discovered that Williams is being sued due to damages in his Tampa rental home following a kitchen fire.
Despite these off-the-field concerns, Williams certainly possesses talent. As a rookie for the Bucs, Williams started all 16 games and had 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. After a step back across the board in his second year, Williams rebounded in 2012 with a career-high in yards with 996, and had another 9 touchdowns. This past year, Williams was limited to only six games due to a hamstring injury.
Prior to last season, the Bucs gave Williams a six-year contract extension worth $40.25 million. According to WGR's Joe Buscaglia, the Bills will owe Williams his $1.2 million base salary and $600,000 roster bonus, totaling a cap hit of $1.8 million in 2014. If Buffalo wanted to walk away, they could do so without any financial obligations if they release him ahead of the third day of the new league year in 2015.