Coming off a season in which he rebounded from a down 2011, receiver Mike 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 dialogue and it was mutual," said Hadley Engelhard, Williams' agent.
Engelhard said talks would continue at the NFL combine, which begins Feb. 20 in Indianapolis. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik prefers to discuss contracts in person and planned to talk to agents for several players there.
Williams, who turns 26 in May, is scheduled to earn $1.4 million in 2013, the final year of his rookie contract. A fourth-round pick in 2010, Williams has earned no more than $540,000 in each of his first three seasons.
Williams has averaged 64 receptions. In 2012 he had a career-best 996 yards, with nine touchdowns and a career-high 15.8 yards per reception.
BEARS: Former Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar was named linebackers coach.
BENGALS: Jim Anderson, 64, retired after 29 years as running backs coach, the longest tenure of any Cincinnati coach and the longest streak in the league for any position coach. He worked under five head coaches.
BILLS: The team announced a deal to continue playing one regular-season home game per year in Toronto for the next five years. The contract also includes one preseason game in 2015.
PANTHERS: Owner Jerry Richardson and team president Danny Morrison met with new Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis to discuss a renovation of Bank of America Stadium, in which the team seeks public help. The downtown Charlotte stadium, which cost $190 million, was completed in 1996; the cost of the proposed project is pegged at $250 million.
RAMS: The team decided not to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator, the same post he had held with the Cowboys. Ryan, the brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, agreed with the team on Jan. 24, but ESPN reported that there were philosophical differences, mainly the team's discomfort in switching from a 4-3 to Ryan's preferred 3-4 scheme.
SEAHAWKS: Starting right tackle Breno Giacomini had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and is expected to take four to six weeks to recover.
STEELERS: Jack Bicknell Jr., the son of the former Boston College coach, was named offensive line coach.
CONCUSSIONS: U.S. Eastern District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia will hear oral arguments April 9 on requests to throw out lawsuits by thousands of former players regarding concussions. Motions to dismiss were filed by the NFL Inc., NFL Properties Inc. and All American Sports Corp.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.