Bills wide receiver Williams granted permission by GM to seek trade after inactive vs. Pats

Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley says he has granted the agent for wide receiver Mike Williams permission to seek a trade.

Whaley said Monday that Williams' agent, Hadley Englehard, asked to gauge interest from other teams in a possible trade. But Whaley says the Bills aren't actively pursuing a trade.

Williams was inactive for Sunday's 37-22 loss to the New England Patriots. Williams started the Bills' first four games, but coach Doug Marrone said Sunday's game plan called for the Bills to activate a third tight end in place of one of the team's wide receivers.

The Bills acquired Williams in April for a seventh-round draft choice in a trade with Tampa Bay. He has eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown in five games this season.