Williams out as director of pro personnel

Updated: May 11, 2010, 6:30 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Doug Williams, one of the biggest names in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is leaving the franchise.

The team announced Tuesday that upon the completion of Williams' current agreement as director of pro personnel, he will leave the organization.

"Mark and I have sat down and talked about my future," Williams said in a statement released by the team. "After a lot of thought, I felt that it was the right time for me to look at new options. I wish nothing but the best for the Buccaneers."

A first-round draft pick in 1978, Williams led Tampa Bay to the playoffs three times in five seasons. After a brief stint in the USFL, he played with the Redskins from 1986-89.

He rejoined the Bucs as a personnel assistant in 2004.

Williams had been a personnel executive when he first joined the Tampa Bay front office, but was promoted to director of pro scouting a little more than a year ago. A source said a restructuring of the scouting department also is on the horizon.

Pat Yasinskas covers the NFC South for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in thsi report.

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