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Bucs begin extension talks with Mike Williams

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Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports the Buccaneers have begun contract extension talks with wide receiver Mike Williams. Williams, who turns 26 in May, is entering a contract year.

A fourth-round steal in the 2010 draft, Williams has averaged 65 catches for 911 yards and eight touchdowns over his first three NFL seasons. He’s averaging 14.2 yards per reception in his career.

After a disappointing 2011 season in which Williams was exposed as incapable of carrying the load as a true No. 1 wide receiver, he enjoyed a career-best year as the No. 2 opposite Vincent Jackson in 2012. Although Williams lacks elite separation skills, he is a big, strong receiver who defeats man coverage with physicality.

Jackson makes $11 million a year. Williams should target Robert Meachem’s $6.5 million annual average as a baseline in negotiations. He’ll probably aim for $7 million a year or more.

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8 Responses to “Bucs begin extension talks with Mike Williams”
  1. big007hed says: Jan 29, 2013 2:40 PM

    He deserves it, he has been consistent even though 2011 was considered a down year he had pretty good numbers. That 2011 was just garbage. I like seeing the talent being developed in Tampa, GO BUCS!

  2. bucs4life1014 says: Jan 29, 2013 2:50 PM

    He’s a beast! He’s really a nightmare for DB’s. Get it done Bucs!!

  3. buddysguys says: Jan 29, 2013 2:51 PM

    Buffalo Born and Raised!!!!!!!

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    Much to their dismay, the Bucs found that due to a clerical error they had signed “Big” Mike Williams to an 8 year 90 million dollar deal. Fully guaranteed.

  5. bucrightoff says: Jan 29, 2013 3:08 PM

    The Meachem deal is basically perfect, something in the 5-6 yr, 6-7 million per range. Mike has certainly earned it.

  6. billyjsunday69 says: Jan 29, 2013 3:42 PM

    Most #1s don’t begin their career as #1s. They mature into the role, see TO, Michael Irvin, etc.

    Dumb comment

  7. johnmaddenslovechild says: Jan 29, 2013 3:42 PM

    That’s why when people say all that crap about oh this guy is a red flag and this and and that happen in college and he didn’t see eye to eye with the college coach, it really doesn’t matter. Once your in the nfl it’s either settle down and make money or go be a garbage man! He seen his opportunity and took it and for the bucs, they seen him in the 4th round and took him for a steal lol.. loved him at Syracuse and knew he’d be great in the nfl and good for him so far in his career, he deserves to get paid. Bucs should be contenders after this draft and a couple more big free agent signings.

  8. baloneyjohn says: Jan 29, 2013 3:47 PM

    They need a better QB.
    Without VJ, he is an average receiver

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