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Bucs sign receiver Mike Williams

Syracuse receiver Mike Williams waited four rounds to finally be selected by the Bucs.

But Williams became the first player in the team's 2010 draft class to sign Friday.

Williams signed a four-year deal, the Bucs announced in a release. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it's believed to be worth $3.15-million.

The Bucs selected Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn in the second round, but Williams is considered a first-round talent. His stock dropped because he left the Syracuse team with three games to play after missing curfew for the second time in 2009.

Williams said he instructed his agent to reach an agreement quicky so he could continue to compete for a starting job. Only 20 draft picks had signed league-wide as of Friday afternoon.

"I love this game, so I urged my agent, Hadley Engelhard, to reach an agreement quickly,'' Williams said in the release. "I am focused on the opportunity to contribute to the team and am very excited to be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.''

In addition, the Bucs released guard Michael Shumard, claimed off waivers from Denver last month.

During his time with the Orange, Williams caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games and recorded 20 touchdown receptions in three seasons.He caught 60 passes and scored 10 touchdowns in seven games last season.

Williams has been competing for a starting job and drawing raves from coaches during OTAs. He is battling Benn, Michael Clayton, Maurice Stovall, Reggie Brown and Sammie Stroughter.

[Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:41pm]


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