Seven months ago, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams signed a six-year, $40 million contract. But off-field issues, which plagued Williams during his college career, could again be the talented wide receiver's downfall.
He will be arraigned Monday on trespass and criminal mischief charges. And the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman and Rick Stroud reported Thursday that the frequent parties Williams threw at his rented home in a gated Tampa community often led to neighbors to call the police.
From June to September 2013, at least five 911 calls were made as a result of the loud parties, in addition to "a lawsuit and threats of eviction, with Williams, 26, agreeing in September to pay more than $43,000 in damages [plus attorney fees], extend his lease by one month [at $6,000] and surrender a $3,600 security deposit."
One of Williams' neighbors told police that he noticed a stripper pole in Williams' living room.
"That tells me a lot about the lifestyle those people had," 60-year-old John Hagensicker said.
Meanwhile, Lovie Smith, hired as the Bucs' new coach last month, was asked about Williams at NFL combine Thursday.
"There's a pattern here and it's disturbing," he said. "No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that.
"Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course, there's a standard. We're just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that. And if you're not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems and that's where Mike has to take care of a few things."
In the coming weeks and months, the Buccaneers will have to decide if Williams is worth the trouble. Shortly after moving into the home in 2012, William wrote on his Facebook page, "Its going down again. The biggest house party of the year Sept. 21 ... most flights and hotels is paid by me alot of special guests will be there ... everything free no catch."
One small catch: As the Times points out, Sept. 21 was the Friday before a Bucs road game against the Cowboys in then-coach Greg Schiano's first year on the job. Williams managed just two catches in the game.
Not surprisingly, Williams' neighbors were less than thrilled with the party-house set up.
"It was horrible," Hagensicker said. "I despise Mr. Williams. You live in the Sanctuary, you think about the name, and it's quiet and peaceful. It's what we moved there for. ... It was shocking to me. He was the absolute worst neighbor anyone can imagine."
The Bucs have the No. 7 pick in May's NFL Draft. Smith said Thursday that he won't rule out drafting a quarterback but the team could also choose to find a big-play wideout -- like, say, Sammy Watkins -- who doesn't come with all the off-field baggage.
"We're not going to compromise who we are as an organization," Smith said. "It takes time to get the message across completely because I haven't had a chance to have a team meeting yet. But you don't have to have a team meeting to know what's right and wrong.
"To me, guys normally respond the same way initially when you talk to them. 'Yeah, yeah, yeah.' But it's about action and what you do from here on out. I'll just say, I'm just not going to put up with a lot of that. It's as simple as that."