Doug Marrone on Mike Williams: 'I feel that is in the past for both of us'

Wide receiver Mike Williams has had a roller coaster of an offseason.

He was allegedly stabbed in the leg by his brother and is being sued by an insurance company over a kitchen fire. Williams also reportedly put a down payment on a home in Tampa before he was traded to Buffalo on Friday.

But one interesting aspect about this recent development of Williams becoming a member of the Bills is that he will now reunite with his former college coach at Syracuse, Doug Marrone.

Williams was a standout receiver at Syracuse until he was suspended for cheating on a test and violating curfew. Making matters worse, it was believed after the suspension was handed down that he quit the team after he didn't respond to immediate calls from Marrone.

Williams later said in an interview with that it was all a misunderstanding, that he didn't intentionally quit. Regardless, the coach and receiver will have a chance to squash that misunderstanding as part of the same team in 2014.

The Bills seemed eager to get in front of the story on Friday and offered a statement from Marrone on the matter.

"With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us," Marrone said. "Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League. We look forward to getting Mike into the facility and start our work preparing for the 2014 season once the players are free to report on April 22.”

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