Bucs’ Mike Williams set to be arraigned on Feb 24
The Buccaneers released a statement indicating that they are aware of Williams' pending legal situation:
"We have spoken with Mike and the local authorities about the charges that have been filed," Buccaneers spokesman Nelson Luis said. "All of our players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the high character and moral responsibility that we demand as representatives of the Buccaneers' organization."
Williams appeared in only six of the Buccaneers’ first seven games this past season before ending up on the injured reserve in October with a hamstring injury. He finished the 2013 season with 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Williams signed a $40 million extension last offseason.
The 26-year-old’s legal troubles won’t help him put his best foot forward to start the season under a new regime, headed by first-year general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith. But at the same time, these legal charges aren’t usually considered too serious and are unlikely to result in a suspension. However, the Buccaneers could choose to discipline Williams at an organizational level, though such actions won’t likely be made public.
Williams entered the league with character concerns (due to quitting the Syracuse Orange in November 2009 and also developing academic concerns) which resulted in his fall to the fourth round in the 2010 draft. But the fourth-year pro hasn’t had any serious off-field legal issues since 2010 DUI charge, which was dismissed two just months later.