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Mike Williams lands contract extension with Buccaneers

By Jay Skurski

It's been a good week for wide receivers from Buffalo.

A day after Naaman Roosevelt signed with the Cleveland Browns, Riverside graduate Mike Williams today inked a six-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The extension, which was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, is worth up to $40.25 million. The new deal replaces the final year of his rookie contract and runs through the 2018 season.

Williams, 26, has 23 touchdown catches in his first three seasons, the most ever for a Tampa Bay receiver to start his career. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder has 193 catches for 2,731 yards in his first three years after being a fourth-round draft pick out of Syracuse in 2010. He set a franchise record as a rookie with 11 touchdown catches.

He's also started 47 of 48 career games, and has a career yards per catch average of 14.2.He enters his fourth season needing just 713 receiving yards to crack the top 10 in franchise history.

Williams and the Bucs hold their first training camp practice at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.


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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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