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Mike Williams: I don’t want to be traded

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2014 – 5:15 pm

Bills WR Mike Williams said it was his agent that took it upon himself to seek permission to explore trade options for his client in the wake of him being inactive for last Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Speaking to the media Wednesday for the first time since news of his agent’s actions broke on Monday, the veteran receiver was clear in stating he wants to remain a Buffalo Bill.

“I always wanted to be here,” said Williams. “This is my hometown. It’s somewhere where I always wanted to be. I just have to fight to be one of the top 46 right now.”

Williams is referring to being one of the 46 active players on game day, something he was not last week after Kyle Williams was cleared to play the day before the game. That prompted a massive lineup shuffle for the game, which involved special teams and tight ends leaving Williams on the outside looking in come game day. For Williams the news was a shock and left him upset.

“You ask yourself if you’re a touchdown scoring machine and you feel like you could help the team win, would you be disappointed,” said Williams in reference to his 23 touchdowns his first three NFL seasons. “That’s how I feel. Of course I’m disappointed I’m not playing. Anybody that’s competitive they better be disappointed if they’re not playing. I might as well retire if I’m not disappointed.”

The receiver said he has since told his agent to stop seeking other options in the league. Williams said being inactive last week has only made him redouble his efforts to prove to the coaches he should be active this week against the Vikings. He said no matter what happens he won’t change the way he approaches practice.

“I keep on playing for the Bills, keep on practicing hard. Try to win scout team player of the week,” said Williams. “I won scout team player (two weeks ago), I would’ve won it if we won this past week. I’ll try to win it this week. I was on scout team again (Wednesday). I didn’t change my routine. I got on the scout team because I wanted to be on scout team. I wanted to do it. They didn’t put me on scout team. I just wanted to be on all the scout team if I’m not going to be getting that many reps (on offense).”

When asked if Mike Williams would be active this week head coach Doug Marrone indicated it was too early in the week to make that determination.

“That decision of who is active and stuff, we’ll see how the week goes because I don’t want to get myself in a bind,” said Marrone.

Williams was asked what coach Marrone told him when he talked to him this week in the aftermath of his agent’s actions.

“That he doesn’t want to trade me,” said Williams. “He basically told me to keep on doing what I’m doing and things will play out.”

 


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