The Buccaneers announced on Wednesday they have signed WR Mike Williams to a new six-year, $40.25 million dollar contract, locking up the Bucs second-leading receiver and avoiding any possible distraction with camp opening on Thursday.
What had the potential to become a distraction during the upcoming Buccaneers training camp was averted on Wednesday when Tampa Bay announced a new six-year, $40.25 million with wide receiver Mike Williams.
Williams and agent Hadley Engelhard have been is discussions with the Buccaneers since the end of last season on a new deal after Williams posted an excellent 2012, one in which saw the former Syracuse star fall just four yards short of 1,000 yards receiving.
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik talked about the signing.
We are pleased to have Mike signed to a long-term contract that ensures he will continue to be part of the exciting young core of players we are building around,” Dominik said. “Mike has earned this contract through his hard work and production the past three seasons and we are looking forward to seeing him continue that career development as a Buccaneer.”
Williams (6-2, 212) joined the Buccaneers as a fourth-round (101st overall) selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has started 47-of-48 games for the Buccaneers, recording 193 receptions for 2,731 yards (14.2 avg.) and 23 touchdowns during his first three years in the league.
Williams, 26, enters his fifth season as one of the most productive wide receivers of the 2010 draft class, ranking second in catches (193), yards (2,731) and touchdowns (23), behind only Dez Bryant (200-2,871-27).
As a rookie, Williams burst onto the scene with an impressive campaign, starting 16 games and leading all rookie receivers in the league in receiving yards (964), receptions (65) and touchdowns (11). For his efforts, he was named to The Sporting News NFL All-Rookie Team and the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team, as well as finishing second in voting for AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Most recently, in 2012, Williams finished the year recording 63 catches for 996 yards (15.8 avg.) and a team-leading nine receiving touchdowns, playing alongside then-newly acquired free agent teammate Vincent Jackson.
The Buccaneers have an 11 a.m. news conference scheduled for today to discuss the contract.
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