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Mike Williams, Bucs agree on contract extension through 2018

Mike Williams, LeGarrette Blount AP

Over the weekend, there was a report out of Tampa that the Buccaneers and wide receiver Mike Williams were talking about a contract extension without making any tangible progress.

The last couple of days must have been particularly fruitful because Williams has landed his extension. The Buccaneers announced the deal on Wednesday morning. The Bucs announced it as a six-year deal running through 2018, but it extends Williams’ stay in Tampa for five years since he has a year left on his old deal.

The Bucs also made the unusual step of announcing the terms. It’s $40.25 million over six years for Williams, but we’ll have to wait on details involving guarantees and the like.

“We are pleased to have Mike signed to a long-term contract that ensures he will continue to be part of the exciting young core of players we are building around,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said in a release. “Mike has earned this contract through his hard work and production the past three seasons and we are looking forward to seeing him continue that career development as a Buccaneer.”

Whatever the specifics, the key is that the Bucs have wrapped up a key offensive piece ahead of camp so that Williams can concentrate on football first and foremost all season. That’s good news for quarterback Josh Freeman as he makes the case for an extension that has him throwing passes to Williams well beyond the 2013 season.

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28 Responses to “Mike Williams, Bucs agree on contract extension through 2018”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 24, 2013 7:59 AM

    Solid move. Not spectacular, in my opinion, but he’s a true #1, even if he’s in the bottom half of true #1′s.

  2. betterandbetterthan says: Jul 24, 2013 8:11 AM

    Definitely a good move. That’s short money for a receiver at this point.

  3. novanation33 says: Jul 24, 2013 8:16 AM

    Yeah, he’s not a “true #1″

  4. unfortunatelyabillsfan says: Jul 24, 2013 8:18 AM

    Great for him. Was a great kid growing up in the city of buffalo. Glad to see all his hard work pay off!

  5. ninerfan81 says: Jul 24, 2013 8:26 AM

    lets see if Freeman takes the next step to make this a strong partnership moving forward, Bucs brought in a lil rookie competition for Freeman, it’ll be interesting to see how he responds in a contract make/break year

  6. maltdawg says: Jul 24, 2013 8:27 AM

    He’s actually NOT a #1. Vincent Jackson is the #1. I’m glad they locked him up though, he deserves it. He has been all about class and hard work ever since he got here and had many red flags coming out of the Cuse’.

  7. facethefloor says: Jul 24, 2013 8:28 AM

    4th round pick with 1st round talent. Great move by the Bucs to lock Williams up. He’s a true team player and will only continue to improve. Look for 1000+ yards this year.

  8. packerbackernj says: Jul 24, 2013 8:31 AM

    Idk why it took this long.

  9. koolaidcircusbeast says: Jul 24, 2013 8:32 AM

    Mike Williams was an absolute steal for a 4th round pick. For a 6.1″ receiver with only modest speed, he has the ability to snatch and grab a ball from the air comparative to Anquan Boldin. While he’s just missed missed 1,000 yards receiving in each of his 3 years in the league, he’s accumulated 23 touchdowns and played healthy throughout.
    The Bucs did their due diligence evaluating Williams, and discovered his character concerns were overblown, having being labeled a malcontent and quitter. The scouts were wrong. Congratulations, Mike Williams, you earned it.

  10. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jul 24, 2013 8:37 AM

    He is a solid #2 receiver and they paid him as such. 6-7 million is the going rate right now.

  11. ccjcsr says: Jul 24, 2013 8:41 AM

    Who’s going to throw to that guy? This is Freemans last year in Tampa.

    #perennialbackup

  12. bucrightoff says: Jul 24, 2013 8:43 AM

    Totally fair deal for both sides. Mike has totally earned it, came in with questions about character as a 4th round pick and has been everything the Bucs could ask for and more. Certainly the best Bucs receiver to ever wear #19 :)

  13. whysomanylosers says: Jul 24, 2013 8:46 AM

    Welcome back to the “Family”, let’s all go out for ice cream.

  14. johnj87 says: Jul 24, 2013 9:02 AM

    It’s about time they signed him. He’s the most productive draft pick the bucs have had in a long time! He deserves it!

  15. tampamac says: Jul 24, 2013 9:03 AM

    Good move Bucs. If Josh plays consistently this year and they make the playoffs, he’ll be in position to get paid too. Although I wouldn’t be surprised, and possibly in favor, if they franchise Freeman after this season if he has a good one to see if he can do it twice in a row.

  16. jeagan1999 says: Jul 24, 2013 9:10 AM

    Good move by the Bucs. Williams reminds me of a young Lynn Swan…great hands, good speed and amazing body control. He and VJ make a great WR combination in Tampa. If Freeman can have a good year, the Bucs will challenge for the playoffs!

  17. petedutcherjr says: Jul 24, 2013 10:02 AM

    Bucs will go all the way to the Superbowl this year. Sorry niners and packers fans!

  18. dvdman123 says: Jul 24, 2013 10:16 AM

    What has he done to deserve a 6 year extension? I don’t care what position he was drafted at. The guy is not a game changer. Another questionable move by the Bucs.

  19. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 24, 2013 10:27 AM

    Toes on the Line!!!

  20. cheapglazers says: Jul 24, 2013 11:05 AM

    “The Bucs also made the unusual step of announcing the terms. It’s $40.25 million over six years for Williams, but we’ll have to wait on details involving guarantees and the like.”

    They seem to only announce when they overpay players such as Eric Wright (5 years, $37.50 million) and Revis (6 years, $96 million). The other 97% of the team is grossly underpaid!

  21. glazerh8er says: Jul 24, 2013 11:50 AM

    23 TD’s since 2010 and anyone watching our team in 2011 should give every single player a free pass on that team. Just a joke of a staff.

  22. sillec28 says: Jul 24, 2013 12:48 PM

    Yo cheapblazers – if as you say the Bucs only announce contract terms when they overpay, how would you know that 97% of the team is underpaid?

  23. sillec28 says: Jul 24, 2013 12:49 PM

    Yo cheapglazers – if as you say the Bucs only announce contract terms when they overpay, how would you know that 97% of the team is underpaid?

  24. cheapglazers says: Jul 24, 2013 1:15 PM

    sillec28

    Check out overthecap-dot-com. You can see numbers there. Everything is public, but when they overpay, they like to send a press release out so they don’t look cheap.

  25. njligernj says: Jul 24, 2013 1:26 PM

    [[ Yo cheapglazers – if as you say the Bucs only announce contract terms when they overpay, how would you know that 97% of the team is underpaid? ]]

    Obviously because we know their overall salary number which has been pretty much bottom of the league for the better part of a decade now. That said they are doing *slightly* better in the last couple of years (although there is a salary floor now which may have forced their hand). Plus there has been pressure from fans (with almost zero help from the media who have largely ignored the Glazers stealing money from the Bucs and diverting it to Manchester United … perhaps due to the NFL not wanting that story featured too prominently).

    Anyway, that said this particular deal is a good one. Locks up a good-great player at a fairly manageable hit. Good stuff!

  26. sportsmeccabi says: Jul 24, 2013 1:27 PM

    Yeah, because Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph, DaShon Goldson, Gerald McCoy, and Donald Penn are working for so cheap.

    Seriously, I can’t stand the bucs. It drove me insane when Carolina lost those two games to them when victory was just a possession away. But the glazer’s have not been cheap, the general manager has done a great job of finding cheap talent in the draft and they have been paying their good players.

    I hope that’s the last time I defend the bucs, y’all are getting stomped on come regular season.

  27. swampcannons says: Jul 24, 2013 11:10 PM

    @sportsmeccabi:

    Get ready for Rivera’s last year @ Carolina. Bucs are gonna rock and roll the panthers this season and you can book it.

  28. mjmistretta says: Jul 26, 2013 12:47 PM

    He had first round talent coming out of School. He was going to shatter Marvin Harrison school records. Now as far as speed not bad he ran 4.4.7 at the comebine and last year at one point. He was averaging 20 yards per catch why Jackson was at 23 yards per catch. He is not Slow like Boldin who ran a 4.8 forty..There are tight ends faster then that on the Bucs.

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