Wide receiver Mike Williams was traded to the Buffalo Bills from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth-round draft pick, less than a year after he signed a six- year, $40 million contract and 12 days after he was stabbed in the thigh. His brother was charged in the incident.
This week’s notable deaths included the co-founder of the Sequoia Fund; the last surviving creator of the American Football League and owner of the Buffalo Bills; a former U.S. secretary of defense; the prime minister of Spain who led the country from dictatorship to democracy; and a former New Yorker staff writer who wrote about the horrors of war.
Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the last surviving founder of the American Football League and only original AFL owner who had kept his team, New York’s Buffalo Bills, in its originating city, has died. He was 95.
Michael Vick, Eric Decker and Jairus Byrd are among the free agents who stand to benefit from the National Football League’s 8.1 percent salary cap jump to $133 million per team, the sport’s biggest increase since 2006.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was traded to the San Francisco 49ers by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Pro Bowl pass rushers DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers were released on the opening day of the National Football League’s free-agent period.
Larry Kennedy was rooting against the New England Patriots this week, and not just because they often beat his favorite team, the Buffalo Bills. He figured a Denver Broncos win would provide a better chance to make money renting out his Manhattan apartment for the Super Bowl.