Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has been a consistent contributor over the past three seasons, and on Wednesday the team rewarded him with a five-year extension through the 2018 season, according to the Bucs' Twitter account.
Great news for Mike Williams as he begins his 4th Bucs camp: He has signed a new six-year deal that goes through the 2018 season.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) July 24, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 11:15 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud has the latest from Mike Williams' press conference:
Bucs GM Mark Dominik on Mike Williams's 6 yr contract. "He's a big part of why we are building an explosive offense."— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 24, 2013
Coach Greg Schiano: the way he plays and practices is important to me.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 24, 2013
Mike Williams "this is where I want to be for life."— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 24, 2013
Williams said he put a chip on his shoulder to prove everybody wrong but then decided just be Mike, show them who you are."— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 24, 2013
Williams: To be a Buc for life, to get this process done, it's great.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 24, 2013
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Since Williams was already under contract for the upcoming season, the signing ensures that he will be a Buc for the next six seasons barring a trade or release.
According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, Williams' six-year deal is worth a total of $40.25 million.
Mike Williams six-year deal (five-year extension) is worth $40.25 million— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) July 24, 2013
ESPN's Andrew Brandt later reported additional details on Williams' contract:
New contract for Bucs' Mike Williams has $15M guaranteed (total number is meaningless). Comparables are DeSean Jackson, Victor Cruz.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) July 24, 2013
After a subpar 2011 campaign, Williams bounced back in a big way last season. With Vincent Jackson pulling attention away from him, Williams got back to his rookie form as he reeled in 63 passes for 996 yards and nine touchdowns.
Is this a good signing for the Buccaneers?
As quarterback Josh Freeman continues to develop, the Bucs are obviously hopeful that Williams will as well. The 6'2" pass-catcher out of Syracuse burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2010 as a fourth-round pick, but he's now being paid like a top-level receiver.
With Williams in place for the foreseeable future, the Buccaneers now appear to have a formidable offense that can grow as a unit. Not only should the passing game thrive thanks to Williams, Jackson and Freeman, but running back Doug Martin also promises to become one of the top ball-carriers in the league if he isn't already.
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