The New York Jets have been in a very interesting position over the last handful of years.
Due to poor drafting, they haven’t had anyone worth paying and that has left their cap space in good health. Although you’d rather have players worth paying as opposed to not.
Fortunately, a recent turn of the tide has changed that momentum, and history is about to be made.
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Big Time Money
This offseason Jets’ defensive lineman Quinnen Williams became eligible to discuss a contract extension for the first time in his career.
General manager Joe Douglas confirmed that they would be exercising his fifth-year option in 2023, keeping him under contract for the next two seasons.
Although eventually, they’ll have to pay the piper and cough up the necessary scratch to keep him a member of the Jets for the foreseeable future.
Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus recently provided some insight into how much money we could be talking about here.
They projected what Williams’ contract could look like when he eventually gets paid:
- $102.5 million total
- Five-year deal
- $20.5 million per year
- $65 million in total guarantees
To provide some context to these numbers, this would immediately become the largest contract in Jets franchise history (topping CJ Mosley’s $85 million total and $17 million per year average).
That new $20.5 million average salary would make him the third highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL only behind Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams ($22.5 million) and DeForest Buckner ($21 million) of the Indianapolis Colts, per Spotrac.
The Right Attitude
So when will this deal come together?
Spielberger said this deal “may not come until after the 2022 season”, but that may actually work out better for Williams.
“Over the last two seasons, Williams’ 73 quarterback pressures are a top-20 mark among interior defenders, and his 77.1 pass-rush grade ranks 15th”, per ESPN.
If he was able to have that kind of success in the past, just imagine what he can do in the second year of this system with an unbelievable amount of talent around him? That price tag could continue to grow.
Williams was asked about his contract situation this week and why he hasn’t raised a stink about getting paid as soon as possible?
“I just believe the contract and money is going to handle itself. I play this game for the love of the game first and foremost so money isn’t a big thing on my heart or on my mind right now. I just want to be the best football player on the field that I can be. I want to do the things that can help this team win in general. So when it comes down to contract man that is going to handle itself on its own that is in God’s hands.”
It is a really refreshing perspective from such a young player in this league. In this day and age where players are constantly worrying about their brands and how many dollar bills they have in their bank account, it is cool to see a guy who is motivated by his passion for the game.
Speaking of age, there was a funny interaction between Williams and rookie defensive lineman Micheal Clemons at the team facilities recently.
Clemons had a unique path to the NFL and with that is already 24 years of age as a rookie. Williams is heading into his fourth professional season and he is also 24.
That is another thing that is so intriguing about Williams as a player. At just 24 years of age, there is still so much untapped potential and with that, a lot of career left in front of him.
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