Jan 7, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone speaks at the press conference announcing his hiring as the new Bills head coach at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Marrone wants to put Mike Williams' Syracuse past behind him

Following the trade between the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers that sent Mike Williams to the AFC North in exchange for a sixth-round pick, the world was quickly reminded about the past between Williams and Bills head coach Doug Marrone.

When Williams was in college, he had a brief stint under Marrone that ended when he left the team after seven games following a suspension and multiple off-field incidents.

As far as Marrone is concerned, that was all in the past and he wants to keep it that way.

“With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us,” Marrone said, via the team’s official website. ” 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. . . .

“Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group. We feel Mike is a player who has the ability to help our team improve.”

Hopefully the two team will keep the past behind them and work together to help improve the team’s offense.

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