Back in February, the agent for Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams said that his client was okay with waiting until after free agency and the draft to start talking about a new contract.
Specifically, agent Hadley Engelhard said that they would wait until May to start pressing the issue with the team. Well, it’s now May and that means it is no surprise to see Pewter Report reporting that extension talks are expected to start up again in the near future.
There are no specifics about desired terms for either the Bucs or the 2010 fourth-round pick, but both sides have expressed a desire to get a deal done multiple times since the end of the regular season. In recent years, Stevie Johnson and Sidney Rice have each gotten a little more than $18 million guaranteed in new deals while Robert Meachem got $14 million from the Chargers last year. Williams’ production has been better than Rice or Meachem, which should make that general vicinity one he targets in a new deal.
Tampa might have a different idea, but they’ve got the cap space to make a deal work without much of a sweat. They have about $12 million in cap space for 2013 after the Darrelle Revis trade, which should be ample for any deal they reach with Williams once talks resume.