ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - There's been a lot of talk about the Bills going after a wide receiver in the first round of the draft next week, but they've already made a move this offseason to add to the group, bringing on Buffalo native Mike Williams.
The Bills gave up a sixth round pick to get Williams from the Buccaneers. No doubt he's a talented player with 25 touchdowns over his first four years in the league, and he provides a big target at 6-foot-2, 212 pounds.
But the Riverside High School product has had series of off the field issues dating to his college days at Syracuse with Doug Marrone and in the NFL. General manager Doug Whaley says the Bills did their homework on Williams before making the move - one they expect to pay off considering what they gave up to get him.
"Can we get a player the caliber of Mike Williams in the sixth round? We didn’t think so," Whaley said. "We thought it was a no-brainer for us to make the deal. Again this does not preclude us from taking a wide receiver and it doesn’t preclude us from doing anything else. It’s just another weapon that we gave EJ, another piece of the puzzle will help get us to where we need to go."