Mike Williams and Buccaneers close to contract extension

USA TODAY Sports

Contract talks continue.

Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams told the media on Wednesday that a contract extension was "very close" (via the Tampa Bay Times). The Buccaneers have been negotiating Mike Williams' contract since early this offseason, pausing negotiations in the run up to and aftermath of the NFL draft.

It's not clear what kind of contract Wiliams is seeking, but I speculated on the compensation in a previous article.

Williams is more likely to get a contract similar to deals signed by Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and Brian Hartline, averaging around $6 million per year. Perhaps his best case scenario is Antonio Brown's contract, who received a six-year, $43 million contract after just two years in the league after posting 1,108 yards receiving in 2011. Brown's contract averaged $7.2 million per year, but he only received $8.5 million in guaranteed money.

Williams has been a very good second receiver in his time in the NFL so far, though he faltered when he was asked to be the focal point of the passing game in 2011. Re-signing him before he hits free agency next season makes perfect sense, and rewards a young somewhat underpaid player for his performance.

Read more:

Superstar Leonard Johnson may not get playing time

Bucs cancel third day of minicamp

Why the Bears let Carimi leave

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bucs Nation

You must be a member of Bucs Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Nation. You should read them.

Join Bucs Nation

You must be a member of Bucs Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker