Mike Williams Reaches Extension With Buccaneers
By Allen Kim
Mike Williams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement on a six-year, $40.25 million extension. While the team announced it as a six-year extension, it’s really only a five-year extension tacked onto the last year of his deal. This new deal will keep him in Tampa Bay through 2018.
“We are pleased to have Mike signed to a long-term contract that ensures he will continue to be part of the exciting young core of players we are building around,” Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said. “Mike has earned this contract through his hard work and production the past three seasons and we are looking forward to seeing him continue that career development as a Buccaneer.”
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Williams surprised many in his first year after going for 964 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. However, after a promising rookie campaign, Williams disappointed in his second year with 771 receiving yards and three touchdowns. But after playing second fiddle to Vincent Jackson last year, he bounced back with nine touchdowns and a career-best 996 receiving yards.
With his production, this is more than fair value for Williams, who has proven to be a valuable No. 2 receiver. Moving forward, he’ll be expected to continue to be a red-zone threat and complementary receiver to Jackson in the Bucs’ passing attack.