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May 2, 2013 @ 7:44 am
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Bucs’ Focus Will Shift To Extending Williams’ Contract

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Scott Reynolds


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With Tampa Bay acquiring Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis and concluding the 2013 draft, the Bucs are expected to turn their attention to extending the contract of WR Mike Williams. The team has approximately $16 million worth of salary cap room left for the 2013 season.
The Buccaneers currently have $16 million worth of salary cap room, and that’s even after acquiring Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis and paying him $16 million in 2013. Tampa Bay has approximately $3.7 million allocated for the rookie salary pool. That leaves the Bucs with just over $12 million worth of salary cap room, and the team has plans for some of that cap space.

Contract extension talks with Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams are expected to resume soon, according to his agent, Hadley Englehard. Williams’ representative told PewterReport.com that Mark Dominik asked for talks to be postponed until after the draft so that the Bucs general manager could focus on adding more talent from the college ranks and trading for Revis.

Williams, who is entering a contract year, has outperformed his rookie contract, and both sides appear eager to get a deal done. Williams has mentioned on Twitter that he wants Tampa Bay to make him a Buc for life.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound receiver had a bounce-back year in 2012 with the arrival of free agent import Vincent Jackson, catching 63 passes for a career-high 996 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns while playing opposite the Pro Bowl wide receiver. Williams had a career-best three 100-yard receiving games in 2012, including a career-high seven catches for 132-yard performance in which he had a 61-yard touchdown in a 28-13 loss to St. Louis.

The Syracuse product entered the 2012 campaign with just three catches of at least 40 yards or more and recorded six games in which he had a catch of at least 40 yards, including three receptions of over 60 yards. But Williams showed off his big-play ability with a career-high 65-yard catch in a 24-22 loss to Washington, and then came back in the next game and had a 62-yard touchdown catch to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead in a 38-10 victory over Kansas City.

When teams attempted to double team Jackson, who posted a career-high 72 catches for 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season in Tampa Bay, Williams often got open and produced. The Bucs obviously see the value of keeping a good thing going and want the receiving tandem to stay together for several years.

While it is unknown exactly how much Williams and Englehard are looking for, Jackson, the team’s primary receiver, makes an average of $11 million per season. With Williams being the secondary receiver, he could be seeking a contract similar to that of Anquan Boldin’s new deal with San Francisco, which will pay him $25 million over four seasons – or perhaps more.

Although Williams has yet to officially record a 1,000-yard season – falling 36 yards short in 2010 and just four yards shy last year – Williams will likely get credit for those two seasons being 1,000-yard campaigns with Dominik, especially with the fact that he averaged 10 touchdowns per season when combining the 2010 and 2012 campaigns.

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    Scubog - come on now, it was sort of fun to hear folks audit the Glazier's finances from afar and cry foul, but all of that is over. Whatever may or may not have gone on in the past, these dudes have been spending real money for several years now. It's just a non sequitur to say the Glaziers are cheap at this point. But i'm with Horse on the #s for Williams. $4mil/year for him and $8mil/yr for Josh sounds like good value with upside where all parties should feel happy but not too happy.
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    Not only do we have GM wanabees on this site.....we now have CPA wannabees. Me, I just wannabee a fan. I sure don't stay awake at night trying to balance Dominik's cap space and trying to prove the Glazers are broke and siphoning money from the Bucs to pay for the soccer team as some used to do in this space.
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    Mike Williams is a liability on 3rd down as he basically stinks on short routes. He lacks even average "suddenness". Williams however is very good at intermediate routes and is among the best in the league at going and getting the deep ball. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mike overall isn't that much better then several of the WRs playing behind him and due to Williams hampering us on most third down opportunities I feel it would be a mistake to pay him to much money. 4-5 mil with limited guaranteed sounds more appropriate to me. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ One other important point is that Mike Williams does have a huge catch radius and with Freeman being among the least accurate starting passers Williams's value is increased IF Josh will continue to be our QB down the road. So, if we ever scrapped this offense/QB and went to a more WestCoast style Mike's value would be severely decreased.
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    I think the Boldin contract is irrelevant. I'm sure he's be angling for Brian Hatline's 5 yr 31 million. We better sign him before V Cruz signs his contact and Williams will want that instead
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    A. Boldin isn't A. Boldin anymore. He's overpaid. M. Williams will surely outperform Boldin this year so the price for Williams should start above $25 for 4 years. Williams should serve as a model to all the young Bucs, especially the ones drafted in the mid to later rounds. Come in, work hard, perform in practice, perform on Sundays and the Bucs will reward you relative to what you accomplished, not cut bait and draft a cheaper guy. Terrance Williams was there when we took Glennon in the 3rd round and the Bucs Brass interviewed Williams heavily at the Senior Bowl. I'm glad the Bucs decided to reward M. Williams when they could have gotten a similar player in T. Williams. They owe it to Mike.
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    Resigning McCoy would save salary cap space since he is being paid 11 million a year. He is the 3rd highest paid DT and I'm sure that his new contract will be cap friendly. When time rolls around they will start negotiating contracts to get best out of it. Dom has been good at that that's for sure.
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    Boy.. its like Ground Hog Day the movie. The same stories over and over and over again. Didnt we know this 3 months ago? How about some stories on the draft. What went on in the war room. What made them pick who they picked. Were players they were targeting in certain rounds taken prior to our pick etc.... How about some real interesting stories?
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    The Bucs should have a number they are going to offer Freeman for an extension that will be cap friendly regardless of how well he plays this season. Mark Sanchez signed a modest extension and that was after leading the Jets on two deep playoff runs. Freeman doesn't have the postseason success or phenomal individual seasons that would warrant a huge extension in any case. Somewhere between 7-10 million should be the price per season for Freeman and I think we should be able to handle that. Also not sure how much longer Penn has left on his deal but I remember him signing a big contract I'm sure he's next in line for some restructuring should we get up against the cap as well.
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    Airizona joe.... Mark Sanchez was signed to a reasonable price! I think a wait and see is the right approach .
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    The problem with paying a corner 16 million a year is you won't be able to extend freeman and McCoy and Williams if they all preform well and keep joesph nicks and vjax
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    I know the Bucs are taking a "wait and see" approach to Freeman. I think that is a mistake. Right now Freeman can be had at a reasonable price. If Freeman performs he will be much more expensive, but both he, Dominick, and Schiano will be in place for 3-4 years. If Freeman and the Bucs don't perform, it is likely that Freeman, Dominick, and Schiano won't be back. Which likely means all this promising talent we currently have will need to be overhauled again including the likes of Revis, Nicks, Joseph, Williams, V-Jack, etc. Coaches tend to clean house as well as new GMs.
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    I think 3-4 million a year for four years is more like it. Williams is no Boldin; not even close. I would also extend Freeman's contract for a year for 7-8 million.
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