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Monday, February 3, 2014
Cutting Mike Williams would be costly

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- There was a pretty big stir in Tampa Bay last week when this report suggested the previous regime was considering parting ways with wide receiver Mike Williams.

The report said former coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik had serious concerns about Williams' commitment to football. It's unclear if the new regime has similar concerns or even has had time to get to know Williams.

But there’s one aspect to this story that needs to be cleared up and it could be significant if the Bucs have to make a decision on Williams. Early indications were that releasing Williams wouldn't have much of an impact against the salary cap, but that's not accurate.

I got a look at Williams' contract details and he's guaranteed $1.2 million in base salary this year and $5.2 million in 2015. Williams currently is scheduled to count $1.8 million against this year’s salary cap. But, if the Bucs released him, the cap hit would be $6.4 million.