The Buccaneers and Mike Williams have discussed a new contract for the former 2009 fourth round pick, but talks may have hit a snag if you read between the lines in a recent tweet by Williams.
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams wants a contract extension and the Buccaneers would like to lock the former Syracuse receiver up with a long-term deal.
PewterReport.com has reported there has been dialogue between Williams’ agent Hadley Englehard and Bucs general manager Mark Dominik since the draft, but reading a tweet from Williams yesterday, it appears negotiations may not be going so well.
“I FEEL LIKE MY FAMILY DON’T WANT ME. HAVENT I BEEN EVERYTHING YOU WANTED AND MORE WHY IS THIS SO HARD FOR YALL. .. AND WE SAY FAMILY FIRST,” Williams wrote via Twitter on Thursday.
Englehard was unavailable for comment on Friday.
Williams desire for a new deal may have been spurred even more after Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz signed a new deal with New York earlier this week. According to reports, Cruz and the Giants agreed on a five-year $43 million deal (an $8.6 million a season average). According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the money is paid over the first two years via a $9.5 million signing bonus, a $630,000 base salary in 2013, a $1.5 million roster bonus due in 2014, and a $4 million base salary in 2014. All of those payments are guaranteed.
The base salaries beyond Year Two are $6.15 million in 2015, $7.9 million in 2016, $7.4 million in 2017, and $8.4 million in 2018.
Cruz is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons, including a monster 2011 where the salsa-dancing standout put up 1,532 yards and nine touchdowns on 82 receptions.
Englehard spoke to PewterReport earlier this year about Williams’ contract situation.
“When you look at Mike’s production you can see he has outplayed his original contract (approx. 4-yr, $2.4 million) starting all 48 games in the league,” Engelhard said. “Mike really likes Tampa, and they like Mike. He’s definitely outplayed his fourth-round compensation, and they want him to be a part of the future.”
As a rookie Williams led all NFL rookies with 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 11 touchdown receptions set a franchise record. In 2011 Williams, like a majority of the Buccaneers regressed and underperformed seeing his production dip with 65 receptions for 771 yards and only three touchdowns.
During the 2012 free agency period, the Buccaneers signed former Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson to a five-year, $55.5 million deal. The addition of Jackson took some of the pressure – and coverage – away from Williams and the Buffalo native excelled, seeing his numbers almost mirror his rookie season with 63 receptions for 996 yards and nine touchdowns.
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