Buffalo Bills wide receiver will have to return to Florida next to appear in court on two misdemeanor charges.
Williams, who was traded to the Bills by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, is charged with trespassing and criminal mischief. The charges stem from a December incident at his girlfriend's house during which he allegedly damaged the door. He pleaded not guilty.
Williams, a native of Buffalo, was also stabbed in the leg this offseason during an altercation with his brother in Tampa. Such matters may have helped lead to his trade.
"There's a pattern, and it's disturbing," Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said this past winter.
Williams' issues stem back to his college days. He left the Syracuse Orange football team part way through the 2009 season. Bills coach Doug Marrone was his coach then and said during team activities last month he's prepared to move on:
"Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player."
Williams is entering the second year of a six-year, $39.6 million deal he signed before the 2013 season. He caught 22 passes in 2013 for 216 yards and two touchdowns. He has 215 career receptions in four seasons for 2,947 yards and 25 touchdowns, including 11 in his rookie season in 2010.Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone, Football, NFL, Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins, Syracuse Orange, Tampa Bay Buccaneers