Mike Williams Signs 3-Year Extension

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One-time bust Mike Williams has found a
home in Seattle. And instead of testing free agency, Williams
decided sticking around with the Seahawks was the better move.
      Williams and the Seahawks announced agreement on a three-year
contract extension on Monday. The deal was finalized over the
weekend before Seattle beat St. Louis to win the NFC West and
become the first sub-.500 division champion in league history.
      "I'm happy to be a part of the beginning. I can't really put
into words," Williams said. "I'm very blessed."
      It's been a banner season for Williams, who spent the previous
two years out of the NFL. The former first-round pick finished the
regular season with a career-best 65 catches for 751 yards and two
touchdowns, including the only TD scored in Sunday night's 16-6
division-clinching win over the Rams.
      When Williams arrived in Seattle last April as a free-agent
flier, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll seemed to be giving him a chance
as a favor to a former USC player; it seemed unlikely this would be
the end result.
      But Williams proved worthy through his work in the offseason,
eventually making Seattle comfortable enough to cut T.J.
Houshmandzadeh and make Williams its starting receiver. He quickly
became a favorite target of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, posting
three games with 10 or more catches this season.
      "I always felt like I needed to be loyal to coach Carroll. He
gave me the opportunity," Williams said. "Obviously there was
some excitement about free agency and the possibilities but I knew
I wanted to be here and if we could get close to where I wanted to
be I was going to make it happen."
      Williams said the idea of an extension was first broached around
midseason. Williams and his representatives wanted to delay moving
forward, but the Seahawks wanted to get a deal done and not risk
Williams becoming a free agent. Williams signed a one-year deal
with Seattle for the 2010 season with a base salary of $545,000.
Financial details of his extension were not released.
      Carroll said Williams' deal is proof that there are rewards for
hard work in the Seahawks system.
      "It's a statement that Mike has come back for real that he is
to the point where he has instilled the confidence in us to keep
him around for a good while," Carroll said. "And he's still just
getting started."
      
      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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