BY: John Mamola
The future of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is in doubt as the Lovie Smith regime begins to mold their roster for the 2014 season on the horizon. Williams, who is facing two misdemeanor charges, could be used as an example to the rest of the team. But the cost of simply releasing Williams would be high.
Williams has a $1.2 million guaranteed base salary for this year and another $5.2 million guaranteed for next year. However based on recent comments made by head coach Lovie Smith at the NFL combine, Williams is not on the good side of Smith following his recent troubles.
"There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that,” Smith said on February 20th. ”Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course. There’s a standard. We’re just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that."
Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht told WDAE's 'The Steve Duemig Show' on Wednesday following the Buccaneers introductory press conference that he has not spoken directly with Williams as of yet.
"That would be a no, but several people here have (spoken to Williams)," said Licht. "I'm hoping to speak with him soon and like I just said in our approach to the team we're going to look forward and not back. Let's just keep looking forward here, and I haven't heard anything over the airwaves lately and that's a good move."
The writing could be on the wall for Williams however following a report from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get a visit from free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders following his visit in Jacksonville today.
Stay tuned to WDAE and 620wdae.com for all the latest Buccaneers news.
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