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Mike Williams | Wide Receiver

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 212
College: Syracuse
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At his introductory press conference, new Bills WR Mike Williams admitted he needs to "grow up a little more."
Williams' departure from Tampa Bay was preceded by -- and perhaps caused by -- two off-field incidents in a span of four months. Despite his relative success in the NFL, Williams does not possess the super talent necessary for teams to put up with the off-field headaches. If he can stay on the straight and narrow, Williams will provide the Bills a much needed red-zone threat. Apr 7 - 7:14 PM

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Mike Williams (hamstring, thigh) expects to be 100 percent for the Bills' offseason program.

"I’m going to be ready for all the offseason workouts and things like that," Williams assured. "So I’ll be 100 percent straight for that." Williams missed the second half of 2013 with a torn hamstring, and was stabbed in the thigh last month.
Apr 7 - 5:21 PM

Bills acquired WR Mike Williams from the Buccaneers for a sixth-round draft pick.

Williams' name has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this offseason, and he clearly was on the outs in Tampa. In Buffalo, Williams reunites with Doug Marrone. Marrone coached Williams at Syracuse in 2009 before Williams quit the team that November. Williams also grew up in Buffalo, so it's a homecoming. In 2010, Williams led all rookie receivers in catches, yards, and touchdowns. He's not an explosive athlete by any means but with 25 career touchdowns and a 6-foot-2, 212-pound frame, Williams has been a reliable red-zone option. Williams, Robert Woods, and Stevie Johnson project as Buffalo's top three wideouts, though Johnson has been rumored to be on the way out.
Apr 4 - 11:21 AM

Bucs WR Mike Williams is facing a lawsuit stemming from a kitchen fire in a home he rented last summer.

It's nothing serious, but Williams' name is in the news yet again for an off-field issue. The lawsuit alleges that he "negligently caused a fire while using the stove-top range," causing "heat, smoke and fire damage." The suit is seeking $54,453 plus interest and court costs.
Apr 3 - 11:08 AM

Bucs WR Mike Williams' misdemeanor criminal mischief and trespassing charges will be dropped if he completes an intervention program.

The charges were related to a December incident with Williams' ex-girlfriend. It's the best-possible outcome for the embattled wideout. Williams' legal issues are now mostly behind him, as he isn't facing charges for his role in a fight where he was allegedly stabbed by his brother last weekend.
Mar 27 - 2:02 PM

Witnesses allege Mike Williams was not the aggressor in the March 23 incident that ended in his stabbing by Williams' 23-year-old brother, Eric Baylor.

A carpet cleaning crew was at Williams' house when the stabbing took place. It's believed Baylor had damaged Williams' Bentley, knocking out the back window. "Mike wasn't the aggressor, but I guess he was a little upset about that and he told him to get out," stated carpet cleaner Clermon Vaughn. Williams was cut in the left thigh with a "paring knife, maybe 3-4 inches from the handle, like you'd cut an apple with." Williams was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
Mar 26 - 7:24 AM

Coach Lovie Smith backed Mike Williams on Tuesday, saying being a victim of a stabbing isn't going to get Williams "kicked off the football team."

"You can't blame a guy for being a victim," Smith added. "Hopefully, we can get past this type of thing." This obviously doesn't mean Williams' roster spot is safe, but it's not going to be the straw to break his back. Smith has previously voiced displeasure with Williams, and GM Jason Licht said he was "disappointed" that Williams was involved in yet another off-field incident. If the Bucs can land Sammy Watkins in the draft, that could seal Williams' fate.
Mar 25 - 2:38 PM

Mike Williams' brother, 23-year-old Eric Baylor, has turned himself into police after allegedly stabbing Williams in the left thigh Sunday.

Baylor was immediately arrested on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Williams told police the stabbing took place accidentally "during a wrestling match" -- in an apparent attempt to protect his brother -- but authorities aren't buying it. Baylor fled and was missing until Monday night. New Bucs GM Jason Licht told reporters at the league meetings Monday that he was "disappointed" to learn of Williams' latest off-field incident. Williams may have played his last snap in Tampa.
Mar 25 - 7:18 AM

The Tampa Bay Times reports police do not consider Mike Williams' Sunday stabbing accidental, and have issued an arrest warrant for his brother.

Williams claimed he was accidentally stabbed during "horseplay," but that doesn't appear to be the case. Williams suffered only minor injuries, and has been released from the hospital. Speaking Monday, Bucs GM Jason Licht said the team had yet to hear from Williams "despite reaching out to him." Williams' days with the Bucs are numbered.
Mar 24 - 1:21 PM

Mike Williams' $6.8 million 2015 salary is not guaranteed until the third day of that league year.

There's been some confusion surrounding the six-year, $40.25 million deal Williams signed last July. Per FOX's Mike Garafolo and CBS' Jason La Canfora, the real contract shows a mere $1.2 million guaranteed salary in 2014, something the Bucs could easily get out from under. Given Williams' reported lack of dedication, off-field issues and Sunday's stabbing, he's almost certainly on the chopping block. Tampa could get an upgrade in the form of Clemson WR Sammy Watkins at No. 7 overall in May's draft.
Mar 24 - 12:24 PM

Mike Williams (thigh) was released from the hospital late Sunday night.

According to police, witnesses say Williams was stabbed in the left thigh with a kitchen knife by his brother while they were "roughhousing." Luckily, it's being described as a relatively minor laceration. It doesn't sound like Williams will be fighting any long-term rehab, but he remains on thin ice with the Bucs thanks to off-field issues he's been battling since his Syracuse days. There have been five 911 calls to his house since June.
Mar 24 - 8:03 AM

Bucs WR Mike Williams has been hospitalized in Tampa after he was allegedly stabbed in the thigh by his brother.

The stabbing took place Sunday afternoon in Williams' "exclusive" home in a gated community. Police are reportedly searching for Williams' brother. Although early reports suggest Williams was a victim in this particular incident, he's endured a tumultuous offseason. Williams pleaded not guilty to trespassing and criminal mischief charges in February, and new Bucs coach Lovie Smith a month ago described Williams' "pattern" of behavior as "disturbing."
Mar 23 - 8:44 PM

After entering a written plea of not guilty Monday, Mike Williams is due in court for a pre-trial hearing on March 27 regarding his recent arrest on charges of trespassing and criminal mischief.

On December 13, Williams caused $200 in damage to the front door of Gabrielle Edwards' home. The charges are misdemeanors and should be resolved before March 27, according to Williams' attorney. It's not a major issue but is just the latest misstep from Williams. Coach Lovie Smith recently called Williams' behavior "disturbing."
Feb 25 - 10:05 AM

New Bucs coach Lovie Smith calls Mike Williams' recent pattern of behavior "disturbing."

"No one is bigger than this football team," Smith said. "He has to understand that. ... 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." Williams was reportedly fined more than $200,000 for missing team meetings and rehab assignments last season, and is starting to rack up off-the-field issues. The fact that cutting Williams would generate a $6.4 million cap hit means his roster spot is likely safe, but the time to start making a good impression on the new brain trust is now.
Feb 20 - 6:25 PM

Bucs WR Mike Williams has a February 24 arraignment on misdemeanor criminal mischief and trespassing charges.

The charges stem from a December incident. It's just the latest misstep from Williams, who totaled more than $200,000 in fines for being late to meetings or missing scheduled rehab sessions following his Week 8 torn hamstring. Williams entered the league with character concerns, and those appear to be resurfacing now. He signed a six-year, $40.25 million contract in July. Locked up by ex-GM Mark Dominik, the new Jason Licht-Lovie Smith regime may have to consider cutting ties with this headache.
Feb 8 - 3:33 PM

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