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

AP

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.