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Bucs and receiver Mike Williams in early stages of contract talks



Teams and player agents often don’t see eye to eye.

But there is universal agreement between the Bucs and the representative of receiver Mike Williams on one important point: He’s earned a new contract.

Coming off a season in which he rebounded from a down season in 2011, Williams is the subject of preliminary conversations between the Bucs and his agent about a contract extension, though nothing is likely for at least a few more weeks.

“I can report that we have begun dialog and it was mutual,” said Hadley Engelhard, Williams’ agent. “We will speak again at NFL Combine.”

The combine doesn’t begin until Feb. 20 in Indianapolis. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik prefers to hold conversations regarding contracts in person and planned to hold discussions with agents for several players at the Combine.

Williams is scheduled to earn $1.4 million in 2013, the final year of his rookie contract. After falling to the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2010, Williams has earned no more than $540,000 in each of his first three seasons.

Williams has averaged 64 receptions in his three seasons and had a career-best 996 yards in 2012 opposite star receiver Vincent Jackson. Williams added nine touchdown catches and a career-high 15.8 yards per reception.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:49pm]


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