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January 30, 2014 @ 6:24 am
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Williams' Dedication To Football Questioned By Former Regime

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Scott Reynolds

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The previous Bucs regime was concerned that injured WR Mike Williams was too caught up in partying and his new rap career because of his antics on social media. Williams accumulated fines of over $200,000 in 2013 for missed rehab sessions and meetings, and the team was contemplating releasing him in 2014.
Many Tampa Bay Buccaneers players engage in social media websites, such as Twitter or Instagram, and offer their fans a glimpse into their private lives. Whether it is cornerback Johnthan Banks going hunting back home in the countryside of Mississippi on New Year’s Day, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy thanking his lovely wife with pics of his new video game console or the swag he got for Christmas or videos from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, or tight end Tim Wright posting pics of his touchdowns as he soaks in his rookie season, the Internet provides fans with an interesting look at how the players spend their free time and what’s important to them outside of football.

The Buccaneers front office has accounts set up to follow each player on social media and keep tabs of the team’s financial investments. This is not uncommon at all, as likely every team has an individual within their organization assigned to monitor the players’ activities on social media.

One particular Buccaneer’s postings on Instagram really concerned the team during this past football season, and nearly cost him his roster spot. Fresh off signing a six-year, $40.25-million contract extension in the summer of 2013, wide receiver Mike Williams was placed on injured reserve in Week 9 with a torn hamstring. Since his injury, Williams has documented his partying and his new career as a rapper – complete with original recorded songs – for all the public to see on his Instagram account.

Players can party all they want to – as long as it doesn’t get them in trouble with the law or interfere with their job. But the team grew so concerned with Williams’ behavior over the last two months of the season that it was deemed immature and unprofessional as he accumulated several fines totaling more than $200,000 for either being late to mandatory team meetings or missing those meetings and scheduled rehab days for his torn hamstring during the 2013 season.

Whether it’s at The Kennedy or Drynk, two well-known Tampa hot spots, or at his big, new house, Williams and his group of friends and rappers, known as the Cave Man Gang – or CMG, as their t-shirts, hats and hoodies proclaim – love the nightlife. Unfortunately for Williams, the team viewed his constant partying on Instagram as detrimental to his profession due to those missed meetings and rehab sessions.

Williams, the aspiring rapper, can be seen singing some lyrics (that would be deemed unsuitable for minors) with his Cave Man Gang crew in the studio and on the countertops of his kitchen on New Year’s Eve. Notably absent to the team during the regular season were pictures of Williams working hard on his comeback or doing any rehab on his hamstring. From a post that simply reads DEDICATED TO FOOTBALL in September to his an early January entry, Williams had exactly three football-related posts out of 135 on his Instagram account. Later in the month of January, Williams has put up a few videos of him dunking a basketball and doing some push-ups, as well as a few Bucs football pics.

Williams also has several pics of his son, showing his dedication as a father, and some funny videos of the charismatic receiver clowning around. Of course, America is a free country and it’s Williams’ prerogative to post what he wants on social media, but his posting of constant partying pics and videos during football season didn’t sit well with the previous regime, especially with him missing rehab sessions or being late to them.

Williams was limited to just 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games in 2013 before going on injured reserve, but had a $7.2 million base salary and a $1 million roster bonus, which made his cap value for this past season $8.2 million. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik drafted Williams in the fourth round in 2010 and has been loyal to the dynamic wide receiver, but was cautious about the level of 26-year old’s maturity when doing the contract extension last summer.

That’s why Dominik dropped the base salary to just $1.2 million in 2014 so he could release him if Williams’ 2013 performance didn’t warrant the pay increase and the extension, or Williams lost his focus, which several members of the organization were concerned about. With a big base salary and a bonus in 2013, Williams was essentially rewarded for his past deeds – two seasons in 2010 and 2012 in which he was just a few yards shy of 1,000 yards in each campaign with a combined 19 touchdowns in those years. But the contract extension could basically be viewed as a one-year deal as his salary drops significantly in 2014 – by design – giving Williams the incentive to keep working hard to earn the higher balance of his big contract, which takes place from 2015-17.

Williams’ base salary climbs to $5.2 million in 2015, followed by base salaries of $5.6 million in 2016 and $5.9 million in 2017. His base drops to $4.15 million in 2018, but he is also slated to receive a $4 million roster bonus that year. Williams currently receives a $1 million roster bonus and a $600,000 workout bonus every year from 2014-17. After taking up $8,334,562 in cap room in 2013, Williams only occupies $1.8 million in 2014, which makes him vulnerable to be released prior to 2015 because his cap number climbs to $6.8 million next year.

PewterReport.com has learned that if Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano had returned in 2014, the Bucs were considering signing former Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt, a first-round pick in Tennessee in 2009 and free agent in 2014, who might have replaced Williams if he didn’t get serious about football during the OTAs (organized team activities) and have a great training camp. The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Britt has caught 19 touchdowns in the NFL and averaged 15.6 yards per catch, and could have turned his pro career around under the guidance of Schiano, who recruited him at Rutgers.

Yes, the Bucs were that concerned about Williams’ partying and flamboyant ways that they were prepared to release him this offseason unless he showed he was more dedicated to football than the Cave Man Gang.

This cautionary tale is not meant to embarrass Williams or cast him in a negative light. The PewterReport.com staff actually has a great rapport with the friendly, outspoken Syracuse product, so this should only serve as a warning to Williams and other Buccaneers players that it’s not just a bevy of fans and hot women that follow their every move on social media – it’s also the men at One Buccaneer Place responsible for paying them millions of dollars, and the men coaching them up so that they earn their paychecks.

It’s disappointing, but it seems as if Williams’ off-field behavior is mimicking that of former Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton, who began living life in the fast lane in Tampa after a breakout rookie season in which the 2004 first-round pick had 80 catches for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns. Clayton began doing photo shoots with his Bentley and swank new house, dated American Idol winner Fantasia, and was a regular fixture on the Tampa party scene. Former players and members of the Bucs front office told PewterReport.com that clearly played a role in Clayton’s lack of success past the 2004 campaign and derailed his NFL career.

New regimes are famous for doing some initial housecleaning of the roster, evidenced by the quick departures of some players deemed to be bad apples by the previous regime in free safety Tanard Jackson, tight end Kellen Winslow, defensive tackle Brian Price and wide receiver Dez Briscoe during Schiano’s first year in Tampa Bay. The Bucs’ new head coach, Lovie Smith, and Jason Licht, the team’s new general manager, don’t have any ties to Williams or any personal investment in him, and that can be viewed as good or bad.

It's good for Williams because with Dominik and Schiano gone, the talented wide receiver will get a clean slate with a new general manager and head coach. But it can be bad because sooner rather than later, the new members of the Bucs’ brass will undoubtedly learn about his rap career, the regular late-night partying at The Kennedy and the Cave Man Gang and feel the same way as the previous regime did if Williams doesn’t change his ways and show he's serious about football.

What type of first impression will Williams make with the new regime? The one on Instagram, or one where he doesn’t miss a meeting, doesn't miss a rehab session or doesn't miss a day’s worth of work during the voluntary conditioning days and OTAs? That answer will likely dictate exactly how long Williams plays in pewter and red.

– Attempts by PewterReport.com to reach Williams and his agent for comment were unsuccessful.
Last modified on Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:48
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    Mike was having an ok season before the injury. He looked good in preseason. As long as he isn't doing illegal things or things to hurt his family or others, if he is ready to play, I don't care if he raps in his spare time. Or plays PlayStation, or skateboards, or grows wheat in his backyard...
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    I'm curious to know who the source of this article wanted to smear the most. Was this targeted at Williams or the Buc's previous front office? Both sides of this story end up looking bad if the information proved to be accurate.

    That isn't the case it appears. As more information has become available through various media outlets it appears as though parts are either exaggerated to entirely not true.

    I understand the desire to rush a story into print. Beating a competitor to the newsstand with a juicy headline like this is enticing. Considering it is the offseason, however, it may have proven beneficial to take one more day to obtain a response from Williams or his agent.

    The $200,000 in fines appears to be a practical impossibility. First, Williams was exempt from attending team meetings because he was on IR. Second, the maximum fine for missing rehab/medical appointments per the collective bargaining agreement is under $10,000 each. Williams would have had to miss or be late to about 22 appointments to accrue that amount in fines.

    Additionally, the implication that Britt would have been signed to replace Williams seems like a very convenient way to create a sense of legitimacy. Schiano's tendency to favor former Rutgers players is the obvious connection. Britt's arrest record and ongoing futility on the field meant he was a perfect candidate to link to the Dom/Schiano era...which I like to refer to as Domino...if the goal was to further tarnish their leadership and vision.

    Once this story was released, one could predict that the player and his agent would deny the allegations. It could also have been easily assumed that Williams' camp would dismiss the reported affinity to the Tampa nightlife as an indication he isn't dedicated to football. What I didn't anticipate was that verifiable facts concerning maximum fines and circumstances had not been thoroughly vetted by PR.

    Scott Reynolds has never struck me as a journalist who tries to sensationalize information or take shortcuts to get clicks. I expect the follow up will be most humble and possibly a total retraction if denials and hard reported facts on other outlets are accurate. I hope once it all settles that Williams comes back healthy, PR continues to provide entertaining information and that Domino rides off into the sunset with as little egg on the face as possible.
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    I sure loved reading all of the posts. My opinion isn't much different than the others who believe players have a right to enjoy an after work lifestyle like a lot of young men who frequent the nightspots. I suspect Mike Williams is simply enjoying the $ rewards from his time when football was more important to him while his injury is keeping him off the field. Now, if CMG interferes with his ability to play the game once the season begins, his entourage may need to find another meal ticket. Like macabee, I have no confidence in Schiano's vision of what it took to be a Buccaneer Man. How'd that vetting process work? I don't expect players to be the Stepford Wives. Maybe Schiano's issue with Bowers was that he was an aspiring gospel singer who played the guitar. Schiano might be able to get a job at NSA.
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    Also, the more information that comes out the madder I get at Schiano! Cut your #2 receiver which you've just signed to a multi-year/million dollar contract because your concerned about his non-illegal off-field activities (i.e. he isn't cowed by you and wasn't your player at Rutgers) so you can sign your rap sheet poster boy former college player who's been a total bust in the NFL?!?!?!?!?? If that had happened and I was the Glazers, I would personally have supervised the clearing out of his (and Dominick's) office and escorted him to his car with repeated well placed kicks to his @ss.
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    I understand being concerned about the conduct of someone you've invested millions in but there is a limit to what you can do. MWilliams activities are not illegal (no reports of that), causing any public scandal, and I'm pretty sure that by the rules of the CBA a player on IR is either limited on the amount of contact with the team outside of medical/rehab and/or is not required to attend meetings. So, I don't see how Mike Williams can be condemned. What he does in his own time with his own money is his business regardless of our opinion. If he's actually missing rehab appointments (and there seems to be debate from the other side as to the accuracy of the PR report), then that is concerning and he should be disciplined and fined. What I would like to know from PR is how many appointments were missed and when. At this point everything else is useless static. Let's see how he performs during the OTA's, training camp, etc. before judgements are made as to his commitment to the team and football in general. If, at that time, we see that he's lost interest in his real profession then I'm all for keel-hauling him. However, let's see what happens once the new staff gets their hands on him. I do have some advice for MWilliams (if he's reading which is HIGHLY unlikely) - Mike, get yourself a good financial advisor and save some of that cash. Don't bank on a rap career -wannabe rappers are a dime a dozen and your crew is undoubtedly leeching off of you. This is your last big contract. 30 year old #2 receivers don't sign for big money so be smart.
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    All I am saying is that the GM and Coach sit down with Williams and get clarity as to what their expectations are and will be for him or anyone else that went or goes on IR; after all, they are the employer's.
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    I don't mean to be knocking PR, it is a story. I question the motivation and accuracy of the "former regime" and especially their judgement and ability to treat, and get the most out of NFL players who don't bow to their every whim. IMO, shiano did not earn an ounce of respect from these players. I'm a huge fan of MW, and it is a concern, especially if he skipping re-hab.I also believe Williams needs a mentor type, and hope Lovie Smith can get all the talent this kid has on the field. He's not the only one who seems to have rebelled a bit under shiano, and not all these guys grew up in the Jersey suburbs. again, I think Shiano demanded respect without earning it. don't forget, apparently, he was playing with a torn hamstring which required surgery. We don't know what went on behind scenes, but do agree MW immature behavior is a concern, although he's not breaking any laws, unlike the guy Shiano wanted to bring in, Kenny Britt, arrested 8 or 9 times since joining league.
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    After reading this article I went on another site and it also seems that the info about the salary is suspect. To cut MW in 2014 would mean that we would owe him money for a 2015 season. Thus saying that the OLD REGIME could cut MW in 2014 because his salary was low does not make sense as we would still owe him almost 6 ML for the 2015 season. Seems like PR needs to check it's facts or tell the whole story. Looks like this article is more guessing then factual.
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    Nuts to anyone who is knocking PR about Williams life outside of football! The guy is paid millions; while the 16 regular season is on going,he should be following the rehab plan and be part of the team and set an example. If I am an employer and an employee is sick or injured on the job, I expect to still pay that employee as long as they are following the medical orders given. If not, then I am not paying them. I obviously am not for foul mouth, talking down to women, and other angry posturing jesters that spits out from most rappers.
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    and BTW, Scott, you mention Shiano and Dominik bringing in 1st round pick Kenny Britt to replace Williams but fail to mention the 9 arrest he's had since being drafted. So in previous regimes "eyes", they replace a player, who's been extremely productive on the field and no trouble off the field, with a player who's NOT been productive on the field, often-injured, and has been arrested multiple times since joining NFL!!?! Oh, he's from Rutgers. shiano was seriously trying to form a team full of Rutgers players because maybe they'd buy into his crap, because in school, they did, when they had no choice. Delusional? Or just has no clue how to treat grown NFL men.
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    I am disappointed in PR for turning into the National Enquirer. I used to respect this site but it has turned into nothing more than a digital fish wrap not worthy of my time. Mike Williams plays hard and has kept his nose clean. We don't need saints we need football players and Mike Willams has been solid. Based on the swift response by William's agents and the fact that the fines don't seem to add up correctly considering the CBA. I'd have to suggest this post is irresponsible at best. of course this comment will be deleted. Mr Reynolds it's a shame what this site has turned into. I love so called journalists who censor comments; First Amendment works both ways and since you clean up anything you disagree with on this site, I have lost all respect for PR and will no longer waste my time visiting or subscribing.
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    I see a lot of Bucs fans on here trying to make excuses to make themselves feel better about a player who is following Freemans footsteps too closely. IDK maybe the Sciano regime made things so bad at one buc that these other things were a product of them. I for one hope Mike Williams wants a football life a non football life. Don't be so quick to dismiss everything Dominik and Schiano did. They did weed out some poor character players like Tjack - K2- and it would appear Freeman was just a talented guy with a glass psyche because it didn't take more to ruin other QBs when things didn't go right. Either way Ive learned SR doesn't have agenda's he just likes to report the Bucs like few in the Bay area actually do. Even those internet people who have the same access.
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    This publication has lost its luster since they changed their stance midway through the season during the ungodly 8 game losing streak. Its obvious someone from the organization got to them since they did a complete 180 after wanting Schiano fired. He went 4-12 and they gave multiple reasons why he should or could keep his job. I'm very disappointed in this article. It has no facts to support it. I just don't understand what this has to do with football. Other online publications have FOOTBALL articles and release more than 3 articles a week. Please PR, regain some integrity and stick to football, not gossip and social media nonsense.
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    First of all, YOU(PR) are reporting this as fact, I've read elsewhere that a $200000 fine would be quite difficult while being on IR, so if you are wrong I hope for your credibility you come out and admit you were wrong. Second, we couldn't have gotten rid of Shiano fast enough, this guy is an egomaniac, who thinks he's some kind of Napoleaonic dictator. Under his watch we've basically given away a very good CB, a good RB who might have been a great fit in this new offense, and our best pass rushing d-lineman because they didn't fit Shiano edict of a Rutgers boy. I will say with confidence had Lovie Smith came in, all 3 of those guys could be HUGE contributors to our team because he knows how to coach men, and that all players are not gonna kiss his *censored*, because he tells them to. Shiano NEVER gained an ounce of respect from any players, IMO, because you earn it, and he didn't earn anything, he thought it was given to him. IMO, we gave away valuable assets at 3 position because he didn't know how to handle them. Actually, you could probably put Freeman in that category, as well. The arrow was pointing up on Freeman til Shiano became God.
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    Pewter Report has learned from the" FORMER REGIME ", and who is that, Dominik, Schiano or Hickey? Are we looking for problems before they start? There is a new sheriff in town. Let's start 2014 on the right foot and give the "NEW REGIME" time to sort things out. Are we going to blame MW for not getting 500yds this season when we have a QB that can't get him the ball? There is much more problems on this team then MW. This is the same old media trying to make a story when there is none. MW was a PRO that they got a steal in the fourth round and was underpaid the first two years. The man is enjoying his money and it's not being spent on drugs and he is not had ANY problems with the law so let him have his off-season in peace.
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    I follow some things about the Bucs and several of the players on Twitter and was curious about some of the strange things that Mike Williams was posting and was quite frankly wondering whether or not someone from the Bucs organization might be getting a tad upset with the unprofessional content of some of them. What happened under the old regime is old news. Kenny Britt is a non-issue. It is time to move on- Freeman, Talib, Blount, and Bennett are gone- in some cases if they had consistently produced while they were here they might still be here. I am certain that the new coaching staff and GM are busy delving into all kinds of information and evaluating tapes to determine who might have a place with the "new" Bucs vision that they have for the future and I will continue to be a Bucs fan. In the meantime, I enjoy and will continue reading Pewter Report and trust that the information here has been thoroughly researched before it was put into print.
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    @Mark2001 How Mike Williams chooses to express himself while on the IR has nothing to do with his production on the field. Releasing Mike Williams with the goal of signing Britt speaks to the very reason Dom and Schiano are UNemployed. You have no idea when this picture was taken so you have no idea what phase in rehab MW was even at. Show me MW out of shape, not producing, and hurting the team then I'm all ears this is fruitless reporting about things that are irrelevant. And again I say he's probably smart rehabbing elsewhere considering the MRSA outbreak at One Buc Place, get me an updated mock draft WITHOUT Carr going to the Bucs and leave these headlines to TMZ.
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    As long as he produces on the field and is not in trouble with the law he is no problem. But if he forgets his main goal and this teams goal and forgets what hard work it took to get to where he is at,then he may be at his ceiling. I bet this new organization will let him know where they stand and if it does not change he will be looking someplace else!
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    Come on yo! My name's Mike and I'm not wearing a frown; I want ya'll to cheer when I score a touch down; I'll work really hard in the offseason; to win the Superbowl is my reason; I make a few bucs down at the club; but I'll make ya'll proud when I do that rub......rub...rub....rub....rub move past whatever corner I face; and in the end zone is where I'll take my place....yo Bucs, Go Bucs...peace out!
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    Who cares! He's a grown man and his dedication to football hasn't been questioned before. My only problems are him missing rehab and the dumb name for his rap group. Cave Man Gang? You can do better than that Mike. At least he isn't breaking the law. And what was the previous regimes solution? Bring in the career criminal Kenny Britt who's way better at catching cases than footballs. Wow. And some people wonder why those clowns got fired. I'm pretty sure Mike understands that the new coach and GM have no ties to him. And now you're comparing him to Clayton? Someone who never produced anything on the football field. Geez. If he's healthy and his production dips then question his dedication, but not now after the debacle of a season we just experienced. Wow. You can tell its the off season when you're trolling players Instagram pages for stories.
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    I forgot to add my 2 cents about Britt since he came up in the article. That is just one more reason I'm glad Dominik and Schiano are gone. You get rid of Aqib because you want "Buccaneer Men" and then you plan to bring in Britt? Those two had no plan or clue when it came to player evaluations and acquisitions. L. David doesn't make up for 20 other blunders.
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    This is why I think we should draft Sammy Watkins WR with our first round pick. If anything it would push Mike Williams to focus and try harder. If Mike rebounds back to 2010 form then we have 3 great WR's. If not we still have 2 great WR's and we can cut Williams with little loss thanks to Dom. Everyone can knock Dom all they want but he was a genius when it came to contracts and getting us outta cap hell. To bad he wasnt better at spotting talent. We need to sign a good DE, OT and Mack (c) in FA. Cut Penn and maybe Joseph dempending on if Nicks makes it back. Then move Zuttah back to guard. rounds 2-7 draft a OL, LB, CB, and TE not in that order.
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    One more thing macabee. Just because those players are performing well on other teams, that doesn't mean that there are no problems. Bennett played just fine here and most fans wanted him back, but we did not know what was going on behind the scenes. They could actually be worse at their new team than they were here, but maybe the new team is more willing to look away and hope it doesn't get out of hand. Maybe Bennett feels like he fits in well with the rest of the thugs in Seattle like Sherman. It really doesn't matter, though, we have who we have. If Bowers responded and got double digit sacks this season, no one would be crying about Bennett anymore. Lets just cheer for who we have and hope that they can all improve with better coaching.
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    OK makski, I've got you down for 1 Britt, no Bennett or Williams. Any other moves you think we should make to get better in 2014? Come on makski, Super Bowls not til Sunday. Put the bottle down!
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    I seem to recall that character/effort/non-football concerns were the reason why he slipped in the draft in the first place. I have no idea how MW is off the field, but the facts as they are laid out do not point to a Peyton-Manning-esque, I-love-football, type of guy. Fingers crossed that this all turns out for the best for the Bucs, but it just shows that the initial draft reports were likely correct to give teams pause in drafting MW so high.
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    We all have choices in our life and it appears that Mike is making his. He'll soon learn how fast that many goes out and how quickly that there is no more. I fully understand that a 26 year old guy doesn't more than a few year ahead. He has the opportunity to full fill a solid contract which will give him security, or he can do what he is doing now and pissing away a lot of it. Maybe I wasn't so out of line about previously mentioning trading him for a 4th rounder. Also while I am at it; we need a road grader like most good teams have; where is ours? We certainly have plenty of the other type of small runner.
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    Hey macabee, if I had to chose between two players with questionable off field issues and possible frequent trips to the training room, and those 2 players were Williams and Britt. I would take Britt any day of the week. I could structure his contract however I wanted and make sure the team had a way out. I could explain to him up front, the stipulations of the contract. Last but definitely not least, Britt is WAY more talented than Williams while they are both on the field.
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    I had followed Mike Williams on Twitter for a while and was amazed at his immaturity, that he would post such nonsense and brag about his partying. Having just read the PR article and seeing he can be so easily cut, I question his judgement all the more. Hopefully he can stop this train wreck from happening. I believe a talk with Lovie may help, may already have helped. I disagree that this is not a real problem. It is. It's happened before and it will happen again, young players throwing their careers away, teams misjudging character issues. Time to grow up Mike, let these stories be a warning and turn it around.
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    I think with the last coaching staff he did not care and maybe wanted to play someplace else. I say if Lovie cannot make him commit himself one hundred percent then he needs to go!
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    The main problem here is that this will effect his play on the field and weather or not he may re-injure himself again. The rehab is a very important part of the healing process. If you do not rehab properly, you have a much greater chance to get hurt again. Just because he can dunk a basketball does not mean he is fully recovered. How tall is he, 6'3"? He better be able to dunk a basketball if he is a professional athlete. I can dunk one, and I am only 6'0". Also, the rim could have been lowered for the video, not saying he would do that, or need to, but a couple of inches makes a HUGE difference when dunking. I do not even play basketball, but if you lower the rim just 2 or 3 inches, I can even do a 360 dunk. A feat that is impossible for me on a real net. I also get nervous because this has happened too much lately. Not saying he was the greatest player, but, J Freeman seems to have fallen into a similar hole. He seemed to be improving his game and possibly could have been a player on the rise. But a very shady off season of partying and fooling around, though never arrested or anything, seems to have possibly come close to ending his career. He was absolutely TERRIBLE this season, and then was even worse in MN. Sorry, done for now and go Bucs !!
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    I appreciate the article, but I really don't care what anyone does on social media or with their own money on their own time. I only care about what either affects the locker room or the football field. It sounds like Williams is great in the locker room, but his football field performance has always given me pause and this article may help to explain it. Williams loses focus on the field...at lot. He routinely fumbles balls, drops passes when hit, slips on routes leading to INT's, doesn't give 100% on routes leading to poor separation and drops easy passes WITHOUT being hit. Now if the information in this article is in any way connected to Williams' performance on the field that should be apparent this season because he should get worse. If Williams continues to use his ability to out jump people or make the tough catch (after dropping the easy one) to get his usual 996 yard season this year then it's a non-issue. In short, I think we need one more season to see who Williams truly is. Right now, I'm more concerned with him than I was with Talib because besides the infamous Giants game I never saw a slip in Talib's performance on the field when he was healthy.
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    Please don’t misunderstand my original post. I have no problem with PR reporting this. I admitted that I didn’t know whether Mike Williams (MW) has an off-field problem or not. I think it’s good to clear the air and that is going to be done because this story has gone national. I ask you to recall the title of this article “Williams Dedication to Football Questioned by Former Regime”. I am asking myself at first mention of this, why do I want to put faith in the previous regime’s assessment of a player when they have missed or been wrong on so many others? Michael Bennett comes to mind.The now fired and still in the job market previous regime gave MW a new 6 year 40.25mil contract with 9.4mil guaranteed and 1mil roster bonuses in year 1 and 2. But yet had serious reservations about his dedication and would seek to remedy the situation by bringing in Kenny Britt of police blotter fame and known disappointment at the TenneseeTitans because he played at Rutgers. Little wonder they are still unemployed. You guys follow the game like I do. MW got a torn hamstring in week 4 of the Arizona game before the bye and wasn’t put on IR until week 9. And they question his performance and commitment for the 2013 season! Unbelievable! I stand by my original post, MW may be the second coming of Beelzebub, but let me hear that from real football coaches that measure players by form and fit, not what they look like or who their friends are!
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    stlbucs...your statement about "effort on the field" misses the entire point. It is the 8 or 9 months of prep that determines how you ill play on the field. You sound like you are talking about the NFL of the '50's. And those months of lifting, stretching, etc.. can effect not only your performance but also your ability to stay on the field. And if we need a number 2 and 3 receiver, better to know now than later. Mike came out with fire after being disrespected in the first two rounds...maybe he has lost that fire. For his sakes, and the Bucs, let's hope not. And BTW...if you can find a way for it not to count towards our salary cap, I would have no problem with just giving it a couple of years to play out. And I'm sure the Glazers don't want to blow the millions down the tubes either.
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    Come on! He was on IR! I have no doubt he will be in "the front row paying attention during meetings" just like schiano said he was when the season starts. 19 loves football and the bucs and as long as he produces on the field who gives a crap about mostly harmless fun when he recovered from surgery and couldn't play. I'd say if he was dunking basketball he probably rehabbed sufficiently. When it's time to start training for next season I have little doubt he will get serious. Of course this rubbed schiano the wrong way, he squeezed the fun out of football for these guys and it's hard to win if you aren't enjoying the game. That said, I'll worry about his partying if it affects his game. The silver lining - maybe this provides a push to draft Sammy Watkins :)
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    When Mike Williams steps on the field I've NEVER heard his effort or production questioned. So what he does while rehabbing is none of our business or concern. I think its funny that we bring up the rehab appointments that he missed while neglecting the MRSA outbreaks that stopped 2 players from ever touching the field this season. Can you blame him for not wanting to rehab at One MRSA Place? Schiano was willing to release Mike Williams for Kenny Britt and that is about as logical as trading Blount so he could bring in his buddy Brian 3 yards and down Leonard. Anything the Schiano regime was going to do I would do the complete OPPOSITE, first we are trading Doug Martin for a 2nd now we are releasing Mike Williams for Britt lol, aren't we trying to IMPROVE the offense?? We need more draft/coach/scheme related articles and less articles about the Instagram accounts of injured players, what next Doug Martin seen eating fast food while injured? lol Give me a break!
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    macabee..I don't think you would ever hear it from the new Admin...unless they cut him. If it is true, it is true...I'd rather have this now and know what is going on with him, rather then have an incorrect perception about our WR situation. Who knows, it might have even impacted his conditioning last year before the season. In any case, maybe it will somehow light a fire under him.
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    Williams looks like he'll be broke, and out of the league in two years. I'm guessing he pays those cavemen in the back ground to hang out with him all day. I'm sure he picks up their tab when they go out. Mike you're acting like a trailer trash lottery winner. Your money like your athletic talent won't last forever. Wise up young man.
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    Excellent article Scott. THIS is the kind of scoop I like to see from PR! Not that I am happy about Williams antics, but it let's the fans start to see behind the curtain. Williams better get his act together for the upcoming season with the new regime, which I expect he will.
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    So macabee, if you don't like the message then it is OK to blame the messenger? I am not pleased to know that this type of conduct was going on with Mike Williams, that is not how a true professional should conduct themselves. I should think that after signing a large contract that he would become more dedicated to the team, certainly not less. We have not heard any of this kind of news from any of the other media sources and I appreciate that Pewter Report has discovered this and informed us all of what has been taking place, after all, that is their job. If the new regime did not know of any of these activities previously, they certainly will now. It will be interesting to see what takes place next. Thanks Scott, and your colleagues, for once again keeping us informed regarding what is taking place around One Buc Place.
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    No, RB4TampaBay, never kill the messenger, but always question the source. Let's if your football IQ aligns with the previous regime. Would you consider Kenny Britt over Mike Williams?
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    If Mike William's off-field antics are a problem, I want to hear about it from the new administration. When you look at the hits and misses from the previous administration and the demonizing and dismissal of certain players that have gone on to represent themselves well in the league, gives me pause when you use their opinions as proof. Come on Scott, you are an exceptional journalist. Kenny Britt's rap sheet makes Mike will look like a saint and you never said a word about it! I don't know if MW has a problem or not. But if he does, I don't want to hear from the guys that created the Factory of Sadness!
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    Wow...and I thought the number 2 receiver position was one thing we didn't have to worry about. Here again, I plead for drafting a high draft pick WR or signing a top tier FA during the off season period. Clayton, Freemon, Williams? We must be doing something wrong in drafting and/ or developing these guy. All teams have problems with this from time to time...but this seems unusually frequent.
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    Mark I still want Sammy Watkins and I think that might motivate him some!
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