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Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Doug Williams parting ways again

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Doug Williams are parting ways again.

Williams, the team's pro scouting director, met with general manager Mark Dominik on Tuesday, and they mutually agreed it was time for Williams to seek new opportunities outside the team.

The move is one of one of several shakeups expected in the Bucs' pro and college scouting departments.

"Mark and I have sat down and talked about my future," Williams said in a news release issued by the team. "After a lot of thought, I felt that it was the right time for me to look at new options. I wish nothing but the best for the Buccaneers."

The parties agreed in February to extend Williams' contract by a few months until they could meet again after free agency and the draft were completed. The Bucs were virtually inactive in free agency this year, trading for  wide receiver Reggie Brown and signing safety Sean Jones.

"I have tremendous respect for Doug's talents and am very appreciative of his many contributions to this franchise over the years," Dominik said in the release. "At the end of last season, Doug and I began a conversation regarding his career. Doug concluded that now is the time for him to make the smoothest transition.

"Like Mike Alstott and Lee Roy Selmon, Doug will stay involved as a representative of the team in the community."

Williams had been contemplating a return to coaching and interviewed for the Southern University job in December before deciding to remain with the Bucs through free agency and the draft.

Williams, a former Bucs quarterback, previously left the organization after the 1982 season to play in the United States Football League. He went on to lead the Washington Redskins to a victory in Super Bowl XXII, earning MVP honors

-- RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:01pm]


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