The Bucs still owe Willams $6.4 million in guaranteed money ($1.2 million for this year and $5.2 million for 2015). That alone makes it unlikely the Bucs will simply cut Williams.
But I’m starting to see some mock drafts that have the Bucs taking a wide receiver in the first round. In this mock draft, PewterReport.com has the Bucs taking Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. It’s the same pick in this mock draft by Charlie Campbell.
If Williams’ job is in jeopardy, Watkins would be more than a logical fit. But I think it’s possible the Bucs could target Watkins even if they’re keeping Williams. Even before Williams’ season was cut short by a hamstring injury, it became very obvious depth at wide receiver was an issue. Kevin Ogletree was supposed to be the third receiver, but he couldn’t hold onto the job.
The Bucs need a third wide receiver. Adding Watkins to Vincent Jackson and Williams would give them a strong trio. But Watkins eventually could end up being much more than a third receiver. Jackson isn’t getting any younger and we’ve already mentioned that Williams’ future could be tenuous.
Drafting Watkins would give the Bucs a much brighter future at wide receiver.