With a lockout looming, teams are finding some players willing to take security now over the uncertainty of free agency.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams’ previously reported three-year contract extension is worth $11.2 million. He could max out at $13.2 million. The NFLPA lists his base salaries as $1.75 million in 2011, $3 million in 2012, and $3.4 million in 2013.
It’s a fair deal for both sides. Williams certainly has more value in Seattle than anywhere else. Like linebacker Desmond Bishop in Green Bay, Williams chose money in hand over maxing out in free agency.
One issue for prospective free agents in 2011 will be the depth of players available. If there is a lockout, there may not be free agency until August or September, with far more attractive options than usual suddenly hitting the market at the same time.
Williams avoided worrying about all that, and the Seahawks signed a solid 26-year old possession receiver for a reasonable price.
UPDATE: More details on Williams’ deal, if you are into that sort of thing.