Williams Could Be Targeting $7 Million AnnuallyJanuary 29th, 2013
When Joe wrote about Mike Williams sniffing a new contract yesterday, Joe figured Williams might score an extension in the three-year, $15-million range. Williams’ paltry rookie contract — fourth-round picks don’t earn much — expires after the 2013 season.
But it seems more cash will be in the sights of Williams and his agent. Contract guru Evan Silva, of ProFootballTalk.com, writes today that Williams should be expensive.
Jackson makes $11 million a year. Williams should target Robert Meachem’s $6.5 million annual average as a baseline in negotiations. He’ll probably aim for $7 million a year or more.
The national chatter about Williams comes on the heels of Woody Cummings’ Tampa Tribune report today that says the Bucs’ and Williams have started negotiating a new deal.
Joe hopes the two sides can hammer out a deal. Williams has earned it. However, Joe wonders whether the Bucs might target a receiver in the NFL Draft, if they can’t get Williams’ signature this offseason. Arrelious Benn and Tiquan Underwood also will hit unrestricted free agency after next season.