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Bucs, Mike Williams still aiming for contract extension


It’s been nearly three weeks since Bucs receiver Mike Williams characterized his impending contract extension as “very close.”

You might speculate based on the fact nothing’s happened since then that Williams was mistaken. But we can tell you that negotiations are, in fact, ongoing and a deal is still within striking distance.

Williams’ use of the subjective term “close” perhaps didn’t take into account that both Williams’ agent and Bucs general manager Mark Dominik are under no pressure to reach a deal immediately. The only looming deadline is the start of training camp, which is still just more than three weeks away. That’s when both sides are aiming to have this wrapped up, if in fact they can come to terms.

The sides were actually on the verge of a deal a few weeks ago, but an inability to agree on some aspect of the terms prevented an agreement.

Completing an extension for Williams is a high priority for the Bucs, but it’s not a necessity. Williams is under contract for 2013 and is not scheduled to become a free agent until next spring. But the Bucs can, perhaps, get a better deal now that they’re not bidding against 31 other clubs. The fact that Williams seems motivated to do the deal – rather than being willing to wait until after this season – doesn’t hurt, either, helping to create an atmosphere conducive to reaching an agreement.

Williams, 26, is slated to earn $1.4 million in base salary this season. He’s averaged 64 catches in his three previous seasons and had a career-high 996 yards with nine touchdown receptions in 2012.


[Last modified: Monday, July 1, 2013 12:08pm]


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