The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a sixth-round pick, per ESPN's James Walker. Mike Williams received a six-year contract extension worth a total of $40.25 million last season, but multiple off-field incidents and a lack of production (due to injuries) prompted the Bucs' move to trade the receiver. Trading Williams will save the Bucs $1.8 million in salary cap space this season.
The fifth-year receiver was one of the very few draft successes left from Mark Dominik's tenure as general manager. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Williams put up two seasons with over 950 receiving yards, and excelled at making contested catches down the field. A hamstring injury slowed him down last year, though, sapping his explosiveness and limiting him to just six games.
Williams saw a slew of minor incidents surface over the past year, including being stabbed by his brother after an argument over damage to his car, avoiding charges for two misdemeanors with a pre-trial intervention, running a party-house, and accidentally starting a kitchen fire. The Bucs were apparently not willing to deal with his off-field headlines.
Having traded Mike Williams, the Bucs now have a massive hole at wide receiver. Vincent Jackson is the only capable player at the position, and he's aging. Luckily, the draft is filled with quality wide receivers, and Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans could very well be the Bucs' target with the seventh overall pick.