Williams signs with Buccaneers

MANHATTAN, Kan. Former Kansas State safety Kyle Williams signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, bringing the number of 2006 Wildcats now on NFL rosters to six.

A physical defensive back who evolved into a senior leader in the secondary, Williams appeared in 24 games during his Kansas State career with 16 starts. He collected 107 tackles in his two seasons as a Wildcat, including 66 solo stops, and was also credited with four tackles for losses, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.

A 2006 honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches, Williams had his finest season at K-State as a senior, starting all 13 games and finishing the season fourth on the team and tops among defensive backs in tackles with 65. He also registered six pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during 2006 and totaled at least four tackles in eight of his last nine games, including four solo stops in the Texas Bowl vs. Rutgers

Williams is the third Wildcat to ink an NFL free agent contract this week. Fellow seniors Brandon Archer and Quintin Echols both signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday and joined Yamon Figurs, Thomas Clayton and Zach Diles who were all selected in the NFL Draft over the weekend as the latest Wildcats to enter the league.