Mike Williams emerges as a potential replacement for Victor Cruz

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Yesterday it emerged that Buffalo Bills wide receiver Mike Williams wanted out of Buffalo. 

Williams was a healthy scratch on Sunday and reportedly requested a trade yesterday after only joining in the offseason from Tampa Bay.

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Worth Exploring 

Today the NY Daily News reported that the New York Giants have 'some' interest in trading for Williams after their number one receiver Victor Cruz tore his patella tendon, ending his season: 

"The details make the possibility seem like a long-shot but given how shorthanded their receiving corps is with Cruz out for the season, a team source said they will likely at least explore it."

Bills general manager Doug Whaley has come out and said that they are not actively shopping Williams but if the right offer arises then the Bills could be tempted to trade the star.

Expensive trade

Whaley and the Bills got Williams for a sixth round pick from the Buccs but Whaley indicated that they would be after much more:

"If he gets me compensation worthy of a No. 1 receiver, which he claimed he is, then we would entertain it.” 

Doubtful that an out of sorts Williams would be able to generate compensation worthy of a number one receiver. They'd be lucky to get a late round pick, especially from the Giants.

It could however be seen as a sensible move from the Giants. With Cruz, their receiving core was okay at best. Without him, it's bad. They have first rounder Odell Beckham Jr, emerging tight end Larry Donnell and perhaps Preston Parker (on a good day) as the only viable options for Eli Manning.

Mike Williams may be struggling this season but he has experience of being a number one receiver in the NFL, and a very good one at that when he was thriving in Tampa.

I know the Bills may be after a bit too much for Williams, but it's definitely worth exploring for the Giants.

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