Just one day after his agent was granted permission to seek a trade, Bills WR Mike Williams now says that he wants to stay in Buffalo.
“My agent did what he was supposed to do,” Williams said. “I don’t want to be traded. This is my hometown.”
Williams was a healthy inactive during Sunday’s game against the Patriots. He seems to have fallen out of favor with the team, but GM Doug Whaley did affirmatively state that the team was not currently shopping him.
Nonetheless, Head Coach Doug Marrone was not pleased with Williams’ trade request. He responded to a question about whether the request had an adverse effect on the team-first philosophy he fosters by stating “Yeah, I’m not going to lie“, via Mike Rodak.
Buffalo sent a sixth-round pick to the Buccaneers in return for Williams back in April.
Williams, 27, is in the second year of his six-year, $40.25 million contract that includes $9.4 million guaranteed. His base salary for the 2014 season is $1.2 million, but it will increase to $5.2 million in 2015. The deal includes a $1 million roster bonus, so it appears unlikely that he would be around with the Bills long enough to receive his 2015 salary.
This season Williams has appeared in five games and caught eight passes for 142 yards receiving and a touchdown.