Cadillac Williams expresses desire to remain with Bucs
Rumors have been that Cadillac Williams may return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a third-down back and if the club’s former first-round draft pick has anything to do with it, he will return.
“Tampa is a very special place for me,” Williams told Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune. “This is the team that drafted me. It's a team that has been through the good times and bad times with me. At the lowest point of my career, the organization was definitely behind me.
“The fan base in and out the community, dealing with different people, it's a very special place to me. I've grown accustomed to the area and living here. Tampa is a great city, great place and most of all, a really great place to play. It's definitely a place I would love to play and finish out my career, but only time will tell.”
The Bucs running game took off last season with rookie LeGarrette Blount carrying the load, and he’s clearly the feature back of the future. But Williams displayed tremendous value as a third-down back, not only for his skill as a receiver but his ability to handle pass protection responsibilities. Those skills and the leadership he provides in the locker room make him an important player for the club. Williams endured a lot already with two major knee injuries, and he’s been a model of toughness for the franchise.
Pro Football Weekly reported the St. Louis Rams could also have interest in Williams, who surely has some value, even at 29.
“It's a mixed feeling,” Williams said. “It definitely good to be wanted, but with the whole lockout you definitely can't visit a team. You can't sit down to talk to people to get that feel about the organization. It's a tough situation to be in.”
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