Buffalo Bills news, 4/5: Mike Williams trade continues busy offseason

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Trading for Mike Williams is just the next step in a long line of big moves for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 4-4

Chris Brown answers questions on drafting a quarterback at 9, Mario Williams' contract, and what the Bills will do at safety.

Mike Williams

Brent Axe: Mike Williams "plays bigger than he is" - AUDIO - BuffaloBills.com
"Syracuse.com's Brent Axe on the Bills trade for former Orange receiver Mike Williams."

Bills acquire WR Mike Williams in trade with Bucs - BuffaloBills.com
"Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group," said head coach Doug Marrone. "We feel Mike is a player who has the ability to help our team improve."

Inside The Bills | Marrone spoke of affinity for Williams recently
"I’ve always had a lot of respect for Mike. I thought Mike was a heck of a football player," said Marrone. "We had a lot of conversations. There were a lot of good things that were going on."

Inside The Bills | Mike Williams has motive to play his best
"I like the fact that they’re from Buffalo," Marrone said. "There’s a lot of added pressure when you’re playing in your own hometown."

Inside The Bills | Marrone: Williams history at ‘Cuse is just that
"With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us," said Marrone. "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."

Bills trade means a homecoming for Williams - Sports - The Buffalo News
"From June to September of last year, at least five calls to 911 were placed from Williams’ rental home in Lutz, Fla. The Tampa Bay Times reported on Wednesday that Williams is being sued by an insurance company for alleged damages to that rental property. That follows a previous lawsuit brought against him by his landlord, in which Williams agreed to pay $43,000 for damage to the home."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Trade For WR Mike Williams
"Despite these off-the-field concerns, Williams certainly possesses talent. As a rookie for the Bucs, Williams started all 16 games and had 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. After a step back across the board in his second year, Williams rebounded in 2012 with a career-high in yards with 996, and had another 9 touchdowns."

Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone give Mike Williams second chance - ESPN
"Williams was suspended for the entire 2008 season at Syracuse after cheating on a test. In November 2009, Williams left the team after he and three other teammates were involved in a crash coming home from a late-night visit to a casino. One report later said that Marrone, in his first season as Syracuse's head coach, held a team vote and the majority of players wanted Williams to return, but that coaches weren't able to contact him."

Doug Marrone & Mike Williams, Together Again (Until Something Goes Wrong) - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
"Leaving Tampa for Buffalo is the perfect "Get Out Of Dodge" scenario for a guy like Williams. Reuniting him with Marrone may or may not be the kind of thing he needs. He's certainly talented, that much has always been clear. As for whether or not he can keep it together on the field (and off of it), that's up to Mike."

Fennelly: Right move, Bucs. Now get a receiver - Tampa Tribune
"Mike Williams was already heading over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The Bucs made it easier for him Friday when they traded him and his salary to Buffalo for a sixth-round draft pick."

Chris Johnson rumors

Buffalo Bills-Tennessee Titans cloud C.J. Spiller's future - ESPN
Mike Rodak rightly wonders where Chris Johnson would have fit in if traded to the Bills.

Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins were top suitors for Chris Johnson - ESPN
"At least two teams gave Tennessee a real sense that a deal could be reached. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported four teams were interested, but a source tells me Miami and Buffalo were the teams that came closest to making a move."

2014 NFL Draft

TE Eric Ebron headlines latest pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive - BuffaloBills.com
"An elite tight end prospect along with a pass rusher and power back were the most recent pre-draft visitors of the Bills Friday."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Host Ebron, Two Others On Pre-draft Visits
"The big draw of the group is Ebron, who is a projected top 20 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The tight end declared for the draft as a junior, after a 2013 season that saw him catch 62 passes for 973 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Ebron is widely considered to be the top tight end available this year."

More clicks

Jim Kelly attends Knicks game in New York City - BN Blitz
Asked how he felt, Kelly told Martin: "Sometimes good, sometimes bad, and I probably shouldn't even be here tonight."

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly to be out of hospital prior to chemotherapy treatments for oral cancer - ESPN
"My big battle is Monday when I go in to start my radiation and chemo," Kelly told MSG. "I hope when it's all over they get everything, but right now we're praying for a miracle."

Buffalo Bills rank 26th in Google searches - ESPN
"The Bills ranked 26th among NFL teams. The Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars rounded out the NFL's basement of teams, in terms of Google search volume."

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