Is Mike Williams Talking Contract Extension?January 28th, 2013
Mike Williams is a first-round talent and a top producer earning fourth-round-draft-pick money.
The Bucs drafted Williams 101st overall in 2010, and he has since been one of the NFL’s best bargains, with 193 catches and 23 touchdowns through his first three seasons while earning less than $2 million total during that time.
Williams could walk after the 2013 season as an unrestricted free agent, if the Bucs don’t lock him up first or slap a franchise tag on him worth more than $11 million for 2014. (That ain’t happening.)
A potential Josh Freeman contract extension has grabbed headlines, but one for Williams is, perhaps, more important.
Interestingly, Williams fired of a Twitter message last night that was very random, but perhaps very telling.
@MikeBuc19 – Make me a Buccaneer for life!!!!
Maybe the Bucs and Williams are talking about a contract extension. Joe doesn’t know, but surely Williams is deserving. And the Bucs could potentially save money by getting that done now. If Williams repeats his 2012 production next season, he’ll have a long list of suitors waving bags of money at him.
Consider Mario Manningham got a two-year, $7.4 million contract in free agency last offseason. And Williams is a better receiver. Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik also guaranteed blocking icon Michael Clayton $10 million before the 2009 offseason. And certainly, Williams has accomplished more than Clayton did before that payday.