Commentary | In the end Tampa Bay Bucs won't be able to keep troubled receiver Mike Williams

adell@bradenton.comMarch 26, 2014 


Roger Goodell has worked diligently to keep the NFL in the news year round, even moving the draft back to May.

The commish could've saved a lot of overtime. All he had to do was make a call to Mike Williams.

Williams is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' problem child and the NFL's top newsmaker who appears to be auditioning for his own reality TV show.

Could we call it "Dumb and Dumber" or "Knuckleheads Sharing Their Thoughts and Dreams"?

How about "Busted"?

Williams gets busted regularly and often portrays himself the victim.

It's a reason he was drafted in the fourth round in 2010, selected even that "early" because former Bucs GM Mark Dominik seems to have an affinity for adults who can't get the hang of growing up (see Eric Wright/Aqib Talib).

Williams was stabbed, allegedly by his brother, Sunday in Williams' home.

This was the latest in a series of incidents that has defined Williams.

The worst result is that it caused new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith to compromise his principles Tuesday when he said Williams was a victim and would not be released.

Tony Dungy once said, "Be careful where you are and who you are with."

Williams called it horseplay, but a judge didn't agree and ordered his brother to stay away.

The brother, Eric Baylor, was charged with aggravated battery and domestic violence.

Trouble finds Williams as if he is on the top of the devil's radar screen.

This is a sequel going back to his college days.

The receiver was suspended from the Syracuse football team in 2008 for cheating on a test. Knowing NFL scouts watching him in 2009, Williams promised he would be good.

He couldn't.

Williams and some teammates were out late breaking curfew after attending a local gambling casino when they got into a car crash on their way back to campus.

Before he was reportedly going to be kicked off the Syracuse football team, Williams left.

In 2010, he received a DUI that was dismissed.

Living in an upscale neighborhood, Williams' lifestyle of loud partying generated numerous 911 calls from neighbors. He was charged with trespassing and criminal mischief.

He promised to change.

He couldn't.

Smith said then the pattern was disturbing.

Now he calls Williams a victim.

Busted? Victim? Bad Luck?

You make your own luck good or bad.

The end of the Super Bowl to the draft is the NFL's lying season, unless you are New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. With him, there is no break.

Lovie says he doesn't want to release Williams. If he said otherwise, the chances of trading him, as bad as they are now, would be impossible.

This is a rerun of Wright and Talib, who made it impossible to be kept even after numerous chances.

The Bucs receiving corps is less than thin with only Vincent Jackson a legitimate pass catcher, and new Bucs quarterback Josh McCown needs more help like he had in Chicago with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.

The best news is that a re-examination of Williams' salary reveals it will cost the Bucs only $1.6 million to get rid of him. And there are quality receivers in the upcoming draft not named Sammy Watkins.

If Smith wants to wait for a trade, it will cost him some credibility.

In the end, Williams will cut himself. It is inevitable

Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter @ADellSports.

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