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March 24, 2014 @ 12:40 pm
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Williams' Contract Structure Does Not Guarantee 2015 Salary

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The Buccaneers haven't made any public decision on the future of WR Mike Williams yet, but the team is not on the hook for his 2015 salary as some have suggested. GM Jason Licht spoke briefly at the NFL owners meeting on Monday and said the team is still waiting to hear from Williams about an altercation that led to him being stabbed in the thigh on Sunday afternoon.
Despite some questions on the interpretations of the Mike Williams contract by a number of media outlets, PewterReport.com included, of what is guaranteed or not, it appears the initial reports by PewterReport.com back on January 30 were correct and that the Buccaneers can get out of the Williams contract without a huge cap hit.

According to sources who gave Pewter Report.com the knowledge of the out clause late last year, and confirmed by FOXSports1 Insider Mike Garafolo on Monday, Tampa Bay could release Williams and only be on the hook for this year’s $1.2 million base salary, not the $6.4 million as some reported. Williams is also due a roster bonus of $600,000 that may also be guaranteed, bringing the total cap hit to $1.8 million.

On January 30 PewterReport.com's Scott Reynolds wrote: "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 was involved in what is now a well-publicized stabbing on Sunday afternoon and according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the incident was not a case of “roughhousing” as initially claimed. A warrant has been issued for Williams’ brother Eric Baylor who has been charged with aggravated battery domestic violence.

Speaking briefly at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando on Monday morning, Bucs general manager Jason Licht said the Bucs have yet to speak to Williams about the incident.

"We've reached out to Mike," Licht said. "We've yet to hear from him. From what I understand, he's been treated and released, so that's a good start. We're trying to gather all the facts we can. 

"Obviously, our primary focus is making sure that he's OK. I know he's been treated and released. I just want to make sure that he's OK and that's our main concern.

“(We are) disappointed just that we had a player in that situation that could have been seriously injured.”

Jason La Canfora also reported Monday morning that the Buccaneers have attempted to trade Williams but have had no takers, mainly based on his off the field issues.

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    I am not ready to throw Williams off the bus if it only costs 1.8 million now; and after the 2nd day of the 2014 regular season that would guarantee the 2015 of 5.2 million. In other words we have time still to evaluate the situation and see if Williams can stay out of trouble and focus on football the next 5 months. This is a different situation than Penn & Joseph because their talent level had dropped considerably. Williams still has the potential to earn his money because he still has talent.
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    Everyone is entitled to their opinion of what kind of Bucs team they want. While some of you say enough already to the off the field trouble stories I say enough already with the 4-12, 7-9, 4-12 record the last three seasons. We were also last in the league last year on offense without Williams and a top 10 offense with him. Not that he was the only missing component, but we'll be better with M. Williams on Sundays than without him. Everything else comes second to that.
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    Could not have said it better pinkstob. Absolutely cannot continue to release great talent based on character. Im so sick of being a losing team. I live in NE surrounded by Patriot fans who LOVE to rub it in....ugh
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    Surferdudes, I agree completely. We should try and get D Jax. He would be a great compliment to V Jax and then we can draft best player avaliable with our 1st pick. I know he will cost a lot but with the 4 mil we just freed up with Zuttah we can afford him. It looks like the eagles might just cut him. Offer them the pick we got for Zuttah.
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    surferdudes, I agree, enough already..
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    @KINDERRT. I agree.
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    All the positives this off season and here we are talking about a loser wanna be rap star. Kick his sorry arse to the curb. His on field production isn't worth his off field problems.
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    Nothing against the guy personally...but why get rid of Joseph and Penn, while keeping him...after the entire off season mess? I don't know how much of this was his fault, if anything. But he won't return the calls of Lovie and Licht? With me, that would be the last straw. I know we don't need a player at about 75% of his capabilities or doesn't care about football or specifically the Bucs and then have to pay him a huge salary. If that is the case, take the 1.8 mil. dollar hit and move on.
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    I would be surprised if they give him another chance. Sure he is the "victim" and there is no crime on his part that we are aware of now, but obviously there is a back story, this is an event that is based on behaviors, relationships and attitudes that are the real concern. At a time that he is supposed to keep out of the news...he can't get it done.
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    Well IMHO with the way the contract is structured we should keep Mike this year and see if he can get focused on football again under Lovie. If he can focus this year it would benefit both the Buc's and MW then next year they could either restructure, trade or release him. Getting back to football is what Mike needs with some guidance he could turn out to be a good surprise this year.
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