The Mike Williams contract saga is now over. This morning Williams put pen to paper (do they still actually do that?) on a nice big $40 million, six-year deal. The contract reportedly includes $15 million guaranteed money to be spread out over the first three years of the deal.
The Buccaneers now have their two big time WR threats locked up foe the extended future. Vincent Jackson’s deal expires in 2017 while Williams is now linked to the Bucs through 2018.
Williams did set an interested “record” with this deal as he has become the first WR ever to sign a $40+ million deal without ever previously recording a 1,000 yard season.
It appears Mike is relatively excited about this.
— * Mike Williams * (@Mikebuc19) July 24, 2013
Can’t even imagine how many h’s would be in his tweet if they win the Super Bowl.
Nonetheless, Mark Dominik did the right thing, again, as he almost always does. Dominik has always been there to make the team better through signing free agents and making trades, but now he has proved, he’s willing to dole out huge chunks of cash to his own guys too.
Signing Williams sets a great precedent. If you perform in Tampa, you’ll get paid.
Even though Mike still has a lot to prove, finding another player of his caliber would have been tough. So letting him get to free agency would have been a mistake, a very costly mistake.