Mike Williams Due In Court On Trespassing Charges
By Allen Kim
Mike Williams hasn’t had a run in with the law since a DUI in his rookie season in 2010, but that all changed in December last year. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Williams was arrested by the Hillsborough County sheriff’s office for criminal mischief and trespassing charges, and he’s due in court on Feb. 24.
"We have spoken with Mike Williams and the local authorities regarding the charges that have been filed against him," the Buccaneers said in a statement. "All of our players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the high character and moral responsibility that we demand as representatives of the Buccaneers organization."
Even before Williams was put on injured reserve, he was having a disappointing year. He only played in six games, totaling 22 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
Williams signed a six-year, $40.25 million deal in July, and it’s possible that the Buccaneers release him at some point. He was reportedly fined more than $200,000 for missing mandatory meetings and rehab sessions following his torn hamstring earlier in the season, and with Lovie Smith now running the show, changes could be coming. However, cutting him would result in a $6.4 million cap hit.