Coming into the 2013 season, Mike Williams was living the high life. He had just signed a six year, $40.25 million contract extension and was set to be the starting wideout opposite Vincent Jackson. However, that could've come to an end if Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik had returned in 2014.
According to Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report, the former Bucs regime was concerned over Williams' work ethic.
The report states that Williams received fines of over $200,000 due to missing meetings and rehab sessions. The WR was put on injured reserve after suffering a torn hamstring.
Also, the report indicates that according to Williams' Instagram, from September to early January, the wideout had only three posts that were football-related out of the 135 total posts.
According to the report, Williams' contract was structured so that he received a high base pay in 2013 as a reward for his 2010 and 2012 campaigns, but also so that his base salary dropped in 2014.
It's not the first time Williams' dedication and off-field activity has come into play when discussing the dynamic player. Williams was a talented WR coming out of college but slid to the fourth round in the 2010 NFL Draft due to off-field concerns.
Interestingly, Reynolds goes on to say if Schiano and Dominik returned for 2014, the regime would've considered signing first-round bust Kenny Britt from Tennessee and replacing Williams with Britt if Williams didn't have a good training camp. Britt has always possessed the talent but hasn't been the same since a torn MCL and ACL in 2011.
It's pretty telling that the powers that be were so concerned about Williams after signing an extension that they'd be willing to bring in a guy with such a troubled history like Britt, even if he is a Rutgers guy.
The good news for Williams is that Lovie Smith is the new coach and Jason Licht is the new General Manager. Williams will have a clean slate going into 2014 and hopefully uses it to return to putting up big numbers.