Give Seattle Seahawks WR Mike Williams credit for turning around his career.
The former first-round pick of the Detroit Lions out of the 2005 NFL Draft shocked the NFL world with a solid showing in 2010 after being out of the league since the 2007 season.
Williams, who started 13 games last season for the Seahawks, posted 65 receptions for 751 and two touchdowns (all career highs). He deserves a ton of credit for keeping his weight down and for starting to scratch his potential—something he never did previously in his career.
Williams, who saw time in roughly 59 percent of Seattle’s offensive snaps last season, signed a three-year extension worth $11.25 million, which included a $500,000 signing bonus. However, if he doesn’t stay in line off the field, he won’t see most of it.
He’ll earn $1.75 million in base salary for the 2011 season. But to get it, Williams will have to earn his way there.
Williams has a $500,000 roster bonus due on the seventh day of the league year, league sources confirmed. So if he shows up out of shape when the team reports after the lockout is over, the team could decline to pay it, thus making him a free agent.
Also included in the contract is a reporting bonus of $500,000, which is believed to be due on the first day of training camp. He also has per game roster bonuses totaling $250,000. And most interesting of all is a weight clause worth $150,000. His total take for the first season is $3.75 million, which also includes $150,000 in workout bonuses.
The Seahawks also included per game roster bonuses, workout bonuses and a weight clause in the final two years of his deal. And finally, the team included $1.275 million in escalators in the final two years.