Doug Williams gets one-year deal to stay in Tampa Bay Buccaneers' front office

TAMPA — Doug Williams agreed Thursday to a one-year contract to remain with the Bucs as pro personnel director.

Williams had been considering a return to coaching and met with Southern University officials Saturday in Louisiana. Southern fired coach Pete Richardson last month.

Williams took himself out of consideration for the job Wednesday, the Baton Rouge, La., Advocate reported.

The Bucs offered Williams the one-year extension to his contract, which was set to expire in February.

"I weighed my options and realized the NFL is best for me at this time," Williams said. "I like what I've seen from some of the young (Bucs) players, and especially the quarterback (rookie Josh Freeman)."

Southern has offered its job to Redskins running backs coach and assistant head coach Stump Mitchell.

Good seats available: For the second straight year and the fifth time in seven seasons, the Bucs will not reach the playoffs. But At 3-12, they hope to finish the season with a three-game winning streak with a victory over the Falcons on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Sunday's game will not be blacked out, although tickets are available. But this season, it's been hard not to notice 15,000 empty seats a game at Raymond James Stadium.

"Winning brings all that (back)," coach Raheem Morris said. "I don't think that's an issue around here, especially in Tampa. People love football. They can't wait to get back."

FINISHING STRONG: You may recall the Bucs' December collapse last season. A four-game losing streak in the final month of the regular season turned the Bucs' 9-3 start to a 9-7 final record and led to the firings of coach Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen.

With a win Sunday, the Bucs have a chance to go 3-1 in the final quarter of this season.

"It would be at least one really positive goal accomplished," Morris said. "We talked about finishing strong, we talked about finding ways to do it and how to get stronger throughout the season. … And it's for this team, it's for the new year, it's for what you're going to do when you come into this thing and how you're going to attack the offseason and how you're going to attack everything you're trying to progress to."

INCOMPLETE SEASON: These are not the numbers the Bucs had in mind when they re-signed WR Michael Clayton to a five-year, $24 million contract: 15 receptions, 214 yards, 1 touchdown.

Part of Clayton's problem has been injuries. He missed three games a sprained medial collateral ligament.

"You want him to be a complete wideout, just like you want all your wideouts to be complete," Morris said. "This year, I don't know if we had a healthy wideout make it through all the way standing.

INJURIES: DT Chris Hovan (illness) and C Jeff Faine (back) did not practice. RB Derrick Ward (knee), G Jeremy Zuttah (toe) and DT Roy Miller (ankle) were limited. TE Kellen Winslow (knee) had full participation.

"Faine is just sore," Morris said. "It is 16 weeks of injuries."

Doug Williams gets one-year deal to stay in Tampa Bay Buccaneers' front office 12/31/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 31, 2009 10:25pm]

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