Did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jump the Gun on the Extension For Mike Williams?

By Dan Parzych
Mike Williams
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If there’s anything to take away from the last three seasons in the NFL, it would be how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers arguably ended up with one of the biggest steals of the 2010 NFL Draft in Mike Williams. The wideout wasted no time making an impact as a rookie after catching 65 passes for 964 yards with nine touchdowns and even though he hit a bit of a sophomore slump the following year, Williams managed to bounce back and came up big for the Bucs’ passing game in 2012.

With the amount of potential shown over his first three seasons, the Buccaneers decided to reward their wideout with a hefty extension that totals $40.25 million right before the start of training camp, but whether or not this was the right move is a different story.

It’s easy to see both sides to this situation considering Williams has the potential to emerge as one of the top wide receivers during the 2013 season and if that does end up being the case–there would have been the chance of the wideout asking for even more money in the future. So in other words, Tampa Bay may have decided to make the move now to save money in the future–which in a way is smart.

Still, despite everything Williams has accomplished over his first three seasons, it’s difficult not to wonder about whether or not they jumped the gun on this one. He may have 23 touchdowns over the last three years, but keep in mind Williams has yet to record his first 1,000-yard season (falling four yards short last year still counts–sorry folks).

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