Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley says the team is "not seeking to trade Mike Williams" despite granting his agent permission to look for trade partners.
"No team has contacted us, we have not contacted any teams," Whaley said. "I want to stress this to everybody. We are not seeking to trade Mike Williams. We are not actively shopping anyone on this team."
Whaley did not rule out the possibility of trading Williams, though, saying, "If there's somebody out there that's willing to give us compensation that we think is fair and would help us in the long run, we would entertain it."
Williams' agent made the request after Williams was inactive for Sunday's game, despite being healthy. Whaley said Williams was scratched not because of his performance, but because it was difficult to pare the gameday roster down to 46 names. "We expect Mike Williams to come and help us win games," Whaley said.
Williams was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April. The Buffalo native averaged 910 yards per season in his first three years in the league. Injuries limited him to just six games last season.
Over the season's first five weeks, Williams played the third-most offensive snaps of any Buffalo receiver, behind Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. He has eight receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown.
- Dan Gartland