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Doug Marrone & Mike Williams, Together Again (Until Something Goes Wrong)

"Embattled" WR Mike Williams has been traded to Buffalo where he'll be reunited with his former SU coach, Doug Marrone.

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The last time Mike Williams walked into Doug Marrone's office, it was to quit the Syracuse Orange football team. The team's leading receiver and Biletnikoff Award finalist quit rather than face his second suspension of the season, just the latest in a long series of strange decisions and offenses for the WR.

The next time Mike Williams walks into Doug Marrone's office, it will be after he has joined the Buffalo Bills as their new wide receiver.

ESPN's James Walker reports that the Buffalo Bills have acquired Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The trade will not be completed until Williams passes a physical.

"I've always had a lot of respect for Mike," Marrone said of Williams via ESPN's Pat Yasinskas. "I thought Mike was a heck of a football player. We had a lot of conversations. There were a lot of good things that were going on. I got a lot of calls before the draft and I told those guys that Mike would do well. We've been disconnected obviously from when he left to his time in Tampa. But I liked Mike. I really did."

Williams left Syracuse as one of the most talented, and troubled, stars in the history of the program. He should have left with his name plastered all over the record books. Instead, we're left with in-jokes, memes and catchphrases. I suppose, in terms of the value to the TNIAAM community, it's a wash.

Williams got it together for a while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, averaging just over 60 catches in his first three seasons and totaling 25 touchdowns. Last season was a mess for Williams, especially off the field where he was involved in various disputes with neighbors and stabbed by his own brother.

Leaving Tampa for Buffalo is the perfect "Get Out Of Dodge" scenario for a guy like Williams. Reuniting him with Marrone may or may not be the kind of thing he needs. He's certainly talented, that much has always been clear. As for whether or not he can keep it together on the field (and off of it), that's up to Mike.