This offseason is not going well for Mike Williams. The Tampa Bay Times has published an article showing Mike Williams as an irresponsible neighbor, enamored with parties and racking up damages and lawsuits in his neighborhood. The Times relies mainly on comments by his neighbor John Hagensicker, who says he "despises" Williams, claiming that the parties were horrible, shocking, and that he was the "absolute worst neighbor anyone can imagine."
At the same time, fellow neighbor Darryl Heiden claims that "There were parties" but "it wasn't all the time."
Parties for young millionaires are, of course, a regular occurrence, and they will upset some neighbors when held in generally quiet neighborhood. It's not what you want out of one of your star players, and it certainly makes for ugly headlines, but it's not the end of the world either. In addition, it seems Williams at least ended his use of the house by October of last year.
More serious are allegations that Williams racked up over $43,000 in damages, apparently to the house he was leasing and holding these parties at.
None of this is good, and it continues to paint a picture of a wide receiver focused on parties rather than his on-field exploits. That's going to have to change under Lovie Smith, who told the Tampa Bay Times that "there's a pattern here and it's disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that."
General manager Jason Light said at the NFL Scouting Combine that Williams has to "prove he shouldn't make headlines off the field."
Combine all of this with an earlier report by Pewter Report that Williams was in danger of being released by the previous regime and him facing two misdemeanor charges, and this is not exactly the best offseason for the talented wide receiver.
Still, a release seems unlikely, at best. Williams has two years of fully guaranteed money remaining, and it seems unlikely the Bucs will be able to void that based on parties and misdemeanor charges. While the Bucs could take that $6.4 million cap hit, Williams would have to have a really horrible offseason and fail to mend his ways for a release to become a realistic option for the Buccaneers.