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Mike Williams says new deal with Bucs is “very close”

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Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams waited through free agency and he waited through the draft before getting a chance to start talking about a contract extension, and it looks like the patience is about to pay off.

Williams, who is set to make $1.4 million in the final year of his rookie contract, and the Bucs opened up talks on a new deal last month and things have progressed quickly. Williams was asked about the status of negotiations on Wednesday and indicated that an agreement is right around the corner.

“All I can say about it is that it’s very¬†close,” Williams said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Stroud italicized “very” in his article, presumably to illustrate how much emphasis put on that word while answering the question. After catching 193 passes and 23 touchdowns in his first three seasons and settling in as a strong complement for Vincent Jackson at receiver last season, it’s not hard to see why the Bucs would want to use some of their cap space on an extension that keeps Williams from hitting the open market after the season.

Williams isn’t the only Buc looking for an extension. Quarterback Josh Freeman isn’t thought to be close to such a deal, but a big year from Williams would likely help him grab one after the season.

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15 Responses to “Mike Williams says new deal with Bucs is “very close””
  1. canadianbucsfan says: Jun 12, 2013 4:08 PM

    Mike Williams is a really solid WR. Dude doesn’t have great speed, but his body control and his ability to go up and get the ball is amazing. Hope we give him a big contract to stay in Tampa for a long time.

  2. gtorlone says: Jun 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    Vincent Jackson + Mike Williams + Doug Martin + Gabe Carimi, Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph, Donald Penn = Absolute Zero. As in the number of excuses Josh Freeman has in 2013.

  3. onermedboxer says: Jun 12, 2013 4:26 PM

    Time and again Williams has outperformed his draft potential. I think we have seen enough circus catches from #19 to know that this guy deserves the money, pay the man.

  4. onermedboxer says: Jun 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    @gtorlone

    As much as I agree that Freeman has no excuses, Camini is going to be fighting for a roster spot behind an already established Oline

  5. phreakin says: Jun 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    I gotta say I’m impressed with Vincent Jacksom since he’s been a Buc. Hes went back to being a solid numner one and seems to be financially happy for once. lets hope he stays that way and Freeman and him both have big years. I’m not a Bucs fan but I love how they’re shaping up as a young team. I was a doubter with Schianno at first but looks like he’s headed in the right direction

  6. politicallyincorrect20 says: Jun 12, 2013 4:40 PM

    wish Detriot drafted this mike williams

  7. uglyglazers says: Jun 12, 2013 4:49 PM

    He is the best WR in the NFC South and ALL NFL!

  8. fishfiletkray says: Jun 12, 2013 5:02 PM

    Beast!!!

  9. creamsiclecannon says: Jun 12, 2013 5:06 PM

    Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson are the most underrated WR duo In the nfl

  10. boyshole25 says: Jun 12, 2013 6:57 PM

    Pride of the Syracuse orange

  11. mssaintsfan76 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:40 PM

    As a Saints fan I know we play each other twce a year but I don’t know this guy. Your only true WR is Jackson.

  12. mssaintsfan76 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:42 PM

    And best received combo in the NFC south, I don’t think so. That reward clearly goes to Colston and Moore in New Orleans.

  13. TheePerfectGentleman says: Jun 12, 2013 8:33 PM

    As a bucs fan i know the best WR duo in the NFC south are those two guys up in Atlanta, but i agree V-Jax and Mike can make a strong argument for second best receiving tandem.

  14. winstonpark says: Jun 13, 2013 2:39 AM

    Jones/White = 2,549 yards and 17 TDs
    Jackson/Williams = 2,380 yards and 17 TDs
    Colston/Moore = 2,195 yards and 16 TDs

    What makes ATL & NO wr tandem that much better again??

  15. whysomanylosers says: Jun 13, 2013 9:10 AM

    gtorlone says:
    Jun 12, 2013 4:15 PM
    Vincent Jackson + Mike Williams + Doug Martin + Gabe Carimi, Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph, Donald Penn = Absolute Zero. As in the number of excuses Josh Freeman has in 2013.
    ________________________________

    You forgot a much improved defense (secondary). Freeman acquired a lot of his impressive stats while playing from behind….

    Good luck to THE Mike Williams on your contract negotiations.

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