The Buccaneers just made the official announcement that Doug Williams has left his role as pro personnel director.
The announcement was treated gently because Williams was one of the best and most popular players in franchise history. He played quarterback for Tampa Bay from 1978 through 1982 and rejoined the team’s front office in 2004.
“[General manager Mark Dominik] and I have sat down and talked about my future," Williams said. "After a lot of thought, I felt that it was the right time for me to look at new options. I wish nothing but the best for the Buccaneers."
"I have tremendous respect for Doug's talents and am very appreciative of his many contributions to this franchise over the years," Dominik said. "At the end of last season, Doug and I began a conversation regarding his career. Doug concluded that now is the time for him to make the smoothest transition. Like Mike Alstott and Lee Roy Selmon, Doug will stay involved as a representative of the team in the community."
At very least, this move proves there was some friction in the front office. Williams had interviewed for some coaching jobs in the offseason. There was a report that he had signed a contract extension with the Bucs, but a team source said that never happened. The source said Williams and Dominik hadn’t seen eye-to-eye on personnel matters for a long time.
The source also said Williams’ departure is only a piece of a bigger overhaul in Tampa Bay’s scouting department.