BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Bills announced Friday that the team has acquired wide receiver Mike Williams in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bills say the deal is contingent on Williams passing a physical.
Tampa Bay says in exchange it will receive the Bills sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Williams is a Buffalo native who played at Riverside High School before attending Syracuse University where he played under Bills head coach Doug Marrone.
While at Syracuse, Williams was suspended for the entire 2008 season for an academic violation. Then, during the 2009 season, Marrone surprised everyone with a November announcement that Williams had quit the team. Marrone gave no reason for Williams' departure, only saying, "You'd have to ask him."
Marrone addressed their past in a statement today from the Bills, "We feel Mike is a player who has the ability to help our team improve. With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us. Today, Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League. We look forward to getting Mike into the facility and start our work preparing for the 2014 season once the players are free to report on April 22."
The statement also quotes Marrone as saying, "Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group."
In March, police in Florida were called to Williams home where he was allegedly stabbed in the thigh by his brother. The incident was the latest in several off-the-field issues that bothered new Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith.
The Buffalo Bills say Williams will be made available to the media in the near future, after the trade is finalized.