The Buffalo Bills needed a wide receiver and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had grown impatient with one of their own, setting up a deal that sent Mike Williams to Buffalo for a sixth round draft pick.
The trade reunites Williams with former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone in Buffalo, while clearing up space for the Buccaneers to possibly draft a new number two wide receiver in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Vincent Jackson anchors Tampa Bay’s receiving corps, but with Williams out the door, they will need a replacement. With the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft, Tampa Bay could take a long look at Mike Evans, Marqise Lee or possibly even tight end Eric Ebron.
Williams slides into a number two role in Buffalo at the very worst, while he does have the size and ball skills to potentially be a fit as a number one. For now, Buffalo’s top three receivers heading into 2014 will be Williams, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, although there have long been whispers about Johnson potentially exiting.
Williams had been in the news for negative reasons throughout the off-season and the writing had been on the wall that his time in Tampa Bay could be coming to an end, especially with a new regime in place. After bringing on veteran quarterback Josh McCown, cutting veteran corner Darrelle Revis and now trading Williams, the new regime has sent a clear message that they know the type of players they want leading their team, and they won’t pull any punches to piece together their vision of a winning roster.
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