Window For Bucs To Release WilliamsMarch 24th, 2014
Last year, former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik signed Mike Williams to a four-year pact worth some $40 million. A good chunk of the cash is guaranteed.
Williams, after signing the contract, tore a hamstring so badly it required surgery. He was placed on injured reserved list and since, Williams’ behavior has been, well, interesting. He’s making news for all sorts of petty reasons, including a mattress in his front yard and having the gall to get knifed in his own house.
Many Bucs fans — Joe suspects the same crowd who prays the rosary nightly in hopes the Bucs draft Sammy Watkins — are demanding the Bucs release Williams right now. The nerve of Williams to allow someone to shove a blade in his leg at home!
Perhaps in a few months, the Bucs just might grant these crazy fans their wish. Per Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com, the Bucs have a window that closes next March to release Williams with limited hit on their salary cap.
The Bucs signed Williams to a four-year, $40-million contract extension last summer, though only $9.4 million of the deal is fully guaranteed. Another $5.2 million becomes guaranteed at the start of the 2015 league year.
The start of the 2015 league year has not been determined yet, but it is usually in March. This year, for example, the start of the league year was March 11, coinciding with the ringing of the free agency dinner bell.
Williams is scheduled to earn $1.2 million this season, plus a $1 million roster bonus, per RotoWorld.com