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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