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Bucs Morris says free agent RB Cadillac Williams still liked 'in our building'



The Bucs still have interest in re-signing free agent running back Cadillac Williams, coach Raheem Morris indicated Saturday. 

Williams, 29, the Bucs first-round pick in 2005, has long been a sentimental favorite and inpirational leader after overcoming surgeries to repair a torn patellar tendon in each knee.

His production fell off last season when he averaged only 2.5 yards per carry in nine starts. But after losing his starting tailback job to LeGarette Blount, who led all rookies with 1,007 yards rushing, Williams settled in nicely as the Bucs' third down. He also was integral in protecting quarterback Josh Freeman in blitz pick-up.       

"There's interest instilled in a lot of our guys,'' Morris said. "I touched on it the first day, talking about free agency jumping on you so quickly and having to make fast, quick decisions because you're going to miss some time in training camp and all that stuff. You know, there's guys still alive. You're talking about Cadillac, one of our leaders, a guy who brought a lot to us last year. I know his quarterback really likes him. I know we like him in our building. He gave us a bunch of great years of service, hopefully we can get some more out of him. We'll just have to see. I don't want to put Mark into a corner. That's not my job. My job is to coach the guys in the seats and I got a new one today in Allen Bradford, so I'm looking forward to coaching him up a little bit.''

[Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 5:54pm]


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