According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun discussing a contract extension with wide receiver Mike Williams. The receiver is coming off his best season, having caught 63 passes for 996 yards and 9 touchdowns in 16 games. Williams has one year left on his contract
Williams was a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Syracuse, but he didn't fall that far because of a lack of talent. He ended up being a fourth-round pick because of his troubles at Syracuse, where he first became academically ineligible, later faced several suspensions and ultimately left the team during the 2009 season. But since his entrance in the league, Williams has turned into a starting caliber wide receiver, collecting 2,731 yards in his three seasons in the league so far.
The receiver struggled as the lone receiving threat in 2011, but showed that he was a very good second receiver in 2012, when the Bucs brought in Vincent Jackson. Williams' best attribute isn't his route-running or speed, but his ability to make contested catches. That also makes him a productive receiver pretty much without a quarterback: he has a wide catching radius and can still catch a poorly thrown ball. He does have his weaknesses, though: he has a tendency to use his body to catch certain balls, leading to a few too many juggles and drops, and he's generally reluctant to catch passes over the middle.
Mike Williams Contract Extension: Buccaneers reportedly begin talks
Bucs Nation | Jan 29