"Mike needs to prove he won't make headlines off the field, so let's start with that,'' Licht told reporters Thursday at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Williams faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing and has an arraignment scheduled for Monday. But Williams was in the headlines again soon after Licht's statement. This story details how Williams' parties bothered his neighbors.
"We're disappointed in some of the off-the-field issues that have come up, and we just aren't going to put up with it," Smith said. "It's as simple as that."
Does that mean the Bucs are ready to release Williams? It wouldn't be a prudent salary-cap move because Williams would count $6.4 million against the cap (the Bucs could spread the cap hit over this year and next by designating Williams a June 1 cut). But I wouldn't be very surprised if the Bucs decide to take the cap hit and part ways with Williams.
Sometimes you have to take lumps against the cap to send a message to the rest of your team.