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Bucs offer Williams a 1-year extension



Doug Williams has a chance to remain with the Bucs -- if only for one more season.

Williams, the team's pro personnel director, is considering a return to the sideline and interviewed for head coaching job at Southern University last weekend.

But has been offered a one-year contract extension to remain as the Bucs. His contract is set to expire in Feb.

Williams isn't expected to make a decision until next week, at the earliest, when he will speak with Southern University officials again.

Credit the Glazer family and general manager Mark Dominik for recognizing Williams' overall value to the franchise, which goes well beyond his duties as the chief pro talent evaluator. His experience as a player is extremely valuable as a mentor to quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson. He also has had a close relationship with other players, such as receiver Antonio Bryant.

"I'm not really in the contract extension business, but Doug Williams is a valuable asset to what we do,'' coach Raheem Morris said. "I'm sure Mark Dominik and myself and the ownership and Doug Williams will all get together and figure this thing out.''

Coaching college football or remaining as an executive with an NFL team are two different career paths, so Williams will have to determine what's best for him and his family. In some ways, coaching would offer more security.

The surprising thing is that Williams would consider coaching at Southern, a rival of Grambling St., where he was a quarterback and succeeded Eddie Robinson as head coach, going 52-18.

But for those who suggested that Williams would be a scapegoat for the Bucs 3-12 season -- and you know who you are -- the fact that he has been offered a chance to remain with the team would suggest otherwise.  

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:52pm]


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