Mike Williams agrees to $40 million contract with Bucs
Williams still had a year remaining on his rookie contract, so the new deal is essentially a five-year extension that will keep him with the team through 2018.
The man commonly known as "Little" Mike Williams (as opposed to "Big" Mike Williams, former Detroit Lions draft bust) has been consistently productive in Tampa Bay. Though he has never topped a thousand yards in a single season, he has averaged 910 receiving yards per campaign. In just three years as a pro, Williams set a franchise record with 23 touchdown receptions. The 26-year-old has also never missed a game since being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The deal's $6.7 million annual average is comparable to the recently signed contracts of Brian Hartline ($6.2 million) and Danny Amendola ($5.7 million). While Hartline is coming off a thousand-yard campaign and Amendola once caught 85 passes in a season (Williams' career-high is 65), Williams has shown more upside than Hartline and is much more durable than Amendola.
The Bucs have now secured a very nice wide receiver duo with Williams and No. 1 pass catcher Vincent Jackson, who is signed through 2016.