Riders add former top rookie NFL receiver Mike Williams to neg list

Saskatchewan added receiver Mike Williams to their negotiation list on January 10, 2017.

After being selected in the fourth round, 101st overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Williams led all rookie receivers in receptions¬†(65), yards (964) and touchdowns (11). The Buffalo, New York native’s production dipped in his second NFL campaign, catching 65 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns, but he bounced back in 2012 hauling in 63 balls for 996 yards and nine touchdowns with six plays of 40 yards or more.

Then came a steep drop off in Williams’ career. He managed 22 grabs for 216 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. Tampa Bay traded the six-foot-two, 212-pounder to Buffalo for a sixth-round pick in April of 2014, but he didn’t make it through that season as the Bills released him in December. He was suspended for the first three weeks of the 2015 season and spent that year as a free agent. Kansas City signed Williams in April of 2016, but he didn’t make it out of training camp with the Chiefs, getting cut August 25 and the Syracuse grad has been without a pro football job since.

In total Williams has played in 63 NFL games registering 223 receptions for 3,089 yards and 26 touchdowns. He turns 30 on May 18.


Williams joins Vince Young as recent high-profile former NFL players the Riders have put on their neg list.

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