Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) breaks up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams (19) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Can "Get Out" Of Mike Williams Seemingly Guaranteed Contract

No matter what you think about Mike Williams’ status as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s clear that the team is not impressed with the behavior of the young man. Being the victim of a stabbing set aside, he’s been in the news far too often for the wrong reasons, and Jason Licht and Lovie Smith don’t appreciate that.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Licht is disappointed in Williams for his latest incident, while Jason La Canfora of CBS reports the Bucs have been open to trading Williams. But as CBS’s NFL reporter notes, trading Williams seems unlikely given his off-the-field concerns as of late.

However, there are conflicting reports about Williams’ contract status, and according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, those details benefit the Buccaneers should they choose to release Williams.



One of the biggest drawvbacks to releasing Williams would have been paying his 2015 guaranteed salary, but according to Garafolo, that salary is not guaranteed until the 2015 league year actually begins.

Releasing Williams in the 2014 offseason, therefore, becomes a more realistic option.

The Buccaneers would not save any money on Williams’ deal by releasing him this summer, but they would benefit from not having to pay his 2015 money, which is $6.8 million according to Jason La Canfora of CBS. That money does not become guaranteed until the third day of the 2015 league year.

So if Jason Licht and Lovie Smith are truly disappointed in Williams and don’t see a future for him in Tampa, they have an escape route. The issue then becomes, who plays wide receiver for the Buccaneers in 2014? DeSean Jackson is still too expensive, and Sammy Watkins is unlikely to be available at the seventh pick in the draft.

We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops.

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