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Monday, March 24, 2014
Mike Williams' future could be in jeopardy

By Pat Yasinskas

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just about a month ago, Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said he wanted wide receiver Mike Williams to stay out of the headlines.

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Well, Williams is once again the center of attention. Williams was stabbed over the weekend. The injury wasn’t serious, but the incident could have an impact on Williams’ future with the team. This isn’t the first time Williams has had off-field trouble.

Although Williams has $6.4 million guaranteed remaining on his contract, the team could make a statement by releasing him. Coach Lovie Smith doesn’t like off-field distractions and Williams may be one.

There already has been speculation the Bucs could draft wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the first round and that’s likely to get stronger.

I’m at the NFL owners meeting and will try to catch up with Licht and Smith to see if they’ll comment on Williams’ future.