I did not know MW’s salary is so low for Buffalo. Now I really don’t get this trade. I know the trade value this year is not great – I assume that is mostly bc of the deep draft. But we really put ourselves in a hole on this one IMO
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Harry, Rick Stroud reported #19 would have been cut before the OTA on 4/7. Bucs were lucky to find a sucker to give us any pick. We hit the lotto with a sixth round pick. If you haven’t noticed lovelite is doing spring cleaning.
Does anyone else get the feeling that the slot position is ATM Wright ‘s to lose?
Even though his speed is not ideal, his routes and hands — and the team’s need — may justify the result. Also, Lovie & ago. may look at him more as a good football player than as an underweight tight end.
With the MW trade, I think it takes at least some of the wind out of the sails for the “draft a QB” faction (me being one of those). MGMers should be happy by this. We already had a lot of holes on O to fill in the draft. Now we absolutely have to take a WR by rd 2 (I agree, not necessarily in rd 1 where I now lean towards a boring LT).
Williams’ salary is relatively low THIS season at $1.8 mil but significantly balloons over the next 4 years to $6.8 mil, $7.2 mil, $7.5 mil and $8.75 mil. Bucs aren’t responsible for any of that by trading him. That was the main benefit of the trade. The draft pick was. Jus shiny by this offseason and the cap savings on Revis, they’ll put that money to good use (some of it likely to go towards re-singing GMC and extending Levonte David).
Odds the 6th round pick turns out to be more productive than Mike Williams (season averages, excluding injury year: 64 receptions, 910 yards, 7.7 TDs): somewhere between 1 and 5%.
So in terms of direct value, this trade is likely to be a massive failure. People want to act like Williams was a bum and is easily replaceable, well, not really. Those are top 25 receiver numbers for every year Williams has played. If the Bucs spend a 2nd rounder on a WR odds are they won’t get that production, and odds are probably 50/50 a 2nd round pick will ever put up those averages. Lovie made this decision based solely on off the field considerations, and thats fine, except if the team goes 6-10 next year because the offense was bad. Then Lovie is deservedly going to take a ton of heat.
They did not win with Mike ( house-party ) Williams. From what I have heard Lovie coming in was not the big Mike Fan . I know a lot of you, just look at the stats and the trade does not make since. But a new coach cannot walk thru the door during training camp and have Williams there after you told him repeatedly over and over not to do things. They were going to out right cut him before OTA’s. There were even rumors that Schiano wanted to trade Mike before he was canned. There is a lot more stuff and issues that happened then getting stabbed and having a stripper pole in the house.
“…Williams’ salary is relatively low THIS season at $1.8 mil… That was the main benefit of the trade. …they’ll put that money to good use…”
MW was a solid #2 WR, one of the better ones in the NFL when he was on the field. Please tell me how on earth L&L will come anywhere near replacing his production for $1.8M??? Just bc he liked to sleep in his front yard and his brother mistook MW’s leg for a lamb chop, you don’t dump him for a 6th rd pick.
“…Harry that’s GREAT, because the way it looks right now, the D will be on the field a lot…”
I totally agree. LIke “Back to the Future” with Dungy ball. But with an up proven O-line, another recycled QB, an OC and QB coach with no NFL experience at any level and going from an “Ok” 2 receiver set to something close to what the freaking Panthers now have (they lost ALL of their starting WRs).
My desire to draft a franchise QB seems out of wack now with all the glaring needs we have.
You skimmed over the rest of the contract numbers. After THIS season, had he stayed he’d be making basically number 1 receiver money. Receivers are always a crapshoot. I know he’s more an exception than a rule, but who’d have thunk Marques Colston would have the career he’s had as a 7th round pick. My point is none of us know the future. I liked Williams as a receiver but coming off an injury and with off field concerns to boot, getting ANY draft pick and being able to dump his upcoming high cap numbers is a plus. Nobody was gonna give the Bucs a high pick for him.
“…getting ANY draft pick and being able to dump his upcoming high cap numbers is a plus. Nobody was gonna give the Bucs a high pick for him…”
I understand why we would not get much in return for MW (big new contract pus lots of WRs in the draft). My point is by getting rid of him we have created a huge hole that we now must use draft picks to fill the void when we don’t have an abundance of picks. I will add that I don’t know what else might have went on behind the scenes with MW, but, IMO, his ‘crimes’ did not warrant dumping him and we hurt ourselves in the process.