Williams Gets New Deal With Bucs

Following his bounce-back season last year, Mike Williams can collect an even bigger paycheck.

The fourth-year WR out of Syracuse signed a new six-year, $40 million contract Wednesday morning that will keep him in Tampa through 2018.

He’s scored 23 touchdowns in his first three seasons with the Buccaneers – nine of them coming in 2012 – as he finished just shy of the 1,000 yard mark.  He’s benefitted a lot from last year’s signing of fellow wideout Vincent Jackson.  As we saw last year, with those two receivers, the Bucs have a legitimate deep threat that allows them to get the ball downfield a lot more than….well, ever.

Now it’s up to Josh Freeman to make sure they keep catching balls and piling up the yards – and the points.

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Wright Fails Physical, Bucs to Dump Him

UPDATE: On Monday, former Buccaneers CB Eric Wright failed his physical with his “new” team, the 49ers.  As a result, the trade was voided, and Wright was returned to the Bucs.  But he won’t last for long.  All signs pointing to Tampa Bay dumping him.

The Bucs had traded their starting right cornerback to San Francisco for a 2014 draft pick.  It was just over two weeks ago that Wright was arrested for suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles.  And last season, he was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Ouch! Bucs Lose Barth For the Season

This hurts big-time.

Kicker Connor Barth – who has been money since coming to the Bucs a few years ago – is out for the season.  He tore his right Achilles tendon playing in a charity basketball game.  This guy is not just the best kicker the Bucs have ever had, but he’s also one of the top kickers in the entire league.   When he stepped onto the field, you could pretty much put three points on the board.

Read the entire statement from the team here.

So who’s going to kick for Tampa Bay this season?  Enter former Giant Lawrence Tynes.  He was 33 of 39 in FG’s last season, so that’s encouraging.  The loss of Barth stings, but it looks like the Bucs have found a solid replacement.

Also on Wednesday, tickets for all regular-season home games went on sale.  But the injury to Barth clearly overshadows that.

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