The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be reporting to Celebration Hotel for the start of training camp in less than 24 hours, but they still have several draft picks without contracts.
As of Wednesday evening, Tampa Bay had six of its 12 draft picks under contract. Deals for running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams (first-round), tight end Alex Smith (third-round), safeties Donte Nicholson (fifth-round) and Hamza Abdullah (seventh-round) and wide receivers Larry Brackins (fifth-round) and Paris Warren (seventh-round) had not been completed at the time this story was filed.
Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said last week that he hoped to avoid having a holdout situation with Williams, the number 5 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Williams’ agent, Ben Dogra, echoed that sentiment on Wednesday evening.
“We’re continuing to talk and we’re trying to make progress,” said Dogra. “Hopefully we’ll come to terms on a contract sooner rather than later.”
When asked if Williams would report to training camp on Thursday or if he was heading towards a holdout, Dogra suggested on Wednesday afternoon that the situation could go either way.
“I couldn’t answer that question with any type of certainty,” Dogra said.
The Bucs report to Celebration Hotel in Orlando for training camp on Thursday.
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