The Bucs and director of pro personnel Doug Williams have parted ways after six years. Contrary to reports around Jan. 1, Williams was not given a one-year contract extension. He and the team only decided to discuss an extension after the draft. Those discussions have now taken place and Williams has left the team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and director of pro personnel Doug Williams have mutually agreed that Williams will leave the team effective immediately. One revelation about this departure is the fact that Williams was not given a one-year contract extension as reported by some around the first of the year.
Williams’ contract with the team was up early in 2010. Williams, general manager Mark Dominik, and the Bucs ownership agreed that Williams would stay on through NFL free agency and the 2010 NFL Draft. They collectively agreed to re-visit Williams' future with the organization in May. This week both parties decided to go in a new direction.
"Mark and I have sat down and talked about my future," Williams said. "After a lot of thought, I felt that it was the right time for me to look at new options. I wish nothing but the best for the Buccaneers."
Williams, a former Bucs quarterback who led Tampa Bay to its NFC Central division title in 1979, had been with the team since joining Dominik and the pro personnel department in 2004 under previous general manager Bruce Allen. As the director of pro personnel Williams coordinated the scouting and recruiting of NFL players. The previous five seasons under Allen, Williams worked in the pro scouting department as a personnel executive. Williams played a big role in the scouting and signing of former Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant. Dominik will begin the process of finding Williams replacement immediately, and no candidates have named at this time.
"I have tremendous respect for Doug's talents and am very appreciative of his many contributions to this franchise over the years," said Dominik. "At the end of last season, Doug and I began a conversation regarding his career. Doug concluded that now is the time for him to make the smoothest transition. Like Mike Alsott and Lee Roy Selmon, Doug will stay involved as a representative of the team in the community."
At the conclusion of the 2009 season, Williams had looked at other opportunities outside the Buccaneers organization. The University of South Florida had Williams as one of the candidates for their head coaching position. Williams was previously the head coach at his alma mater Grambling. During six seasons as a head coach Grambling won three straight conference titles in 2000-2002. Williams recorded a 52-18 overall record after following the legend Eddie Robinson, who was the head coach for 57 years and set a college record with 408 wins.
Williams was the Buccaneers first-round pick, 17th overall, in the 1978 NFL Draft. During his playing career Williams led Tampa Bay to three playoff appearances in 1979, 1981, and 1982. Williams is well represented in the Bucs’ record books. He is the second in touchdown passes (73), and third in passing yards (12,648). After Williams left the Buccaneers for the USFL, the team traded his rights to the Washington Redskins for a 1987 fifth-round pick. The selection was used on safety Tony Mayes, who never suited up in a Buccaneer uniform.
At the end of the 1987 season with the Redskins, Williams went on to lead them to a 42-10 victory in Super Bowl XXII over the Denver Broncos. Williams was the Super Bowl MVP when he threw for 340 yards and four touchdown passes.
The Bucs also have mutually parted ways with college area scout Frank Dorazio. Dorazio's contract was up at the conclusion of the draft, and the team and Dorazio decided to pursue other options. The Buccaneers replaced Dorazio with Justin Sheridan, who was a pro scout with Tampa Bay since 2006. Another previous move was the team losing college personnel assistant Richard Mann II to the Washington Redskins.
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