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Bills give WR Mike Williams an opportunity to seek a trade

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 13th, 2014 at 11:20 am EST

The Buffalo Bills will listen to trade offers for wide receiver Mike Williams. This means, the team is giving up on him just months after acquiring via a trade.

He was traded to the Bills from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past April. The team, who acquires him, will have to take on his $5.2 million dollars guaranteed contract for next season.

With the Bills, he has just eight catches and was a healthy scratch on Sunday. He is behind Chris Hogan and Maquise Goodwin in the Bills wide receiver depth chart.

Mike Williams (Getty Images)

Mike Williams (Getty Images)

Back on the market, Williams is going to find that there are going to be few – if any – that will take on his contract.

In five games, he had eight receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown.

He was with the Bucs for the previous four years. New head coach Lovie Smith got rid of Williams, because of his off-the-field troubles.

Smith referred to Williams behavior has disturbing. In March, he was reportedly stabbed in an incident by his brother.

Last December, he was charged with criminal mischief. The Tampa Bay Times, at the time, reported that he had to pay $43,000 in damages for being a frequent source of 911 calls due to loud parties.

“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing,” Smith said. “No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that. Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course. There’s a standard. We’re just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that. And if you’re not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems and that’s where Mike has to take car of a few things.”

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