7:19pm: The Jets announced the deal, according to ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini. Counting Williams’ bonus and salary in 2015, he will earn more than $12MM this year, which is second on the team behind Darrelle Revis‘ $16MM.
5:56pm: Leonard Williams agreed to terms with the Jets on his first NFL contract, reports Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo on Twitter.
The No. 6 overall pick’s customary four-year deal will be worth $18.63MM, with an $11.81MM signing bonus.
The 20-year-old defensive lineman recorded 21 sacks and 36.5 backfield stops in three seasons with USC and was viewed by many draft experts as the best overall talent in the draft. Williams will join a loaded Jets defensive front that features 2011 first-rounder Muhammad Wilkerson and ’13 first-rounder Sheldon Richardson.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams became the first Trojan defensive end to earn repeat first-team All-American honors in 54 years when he landed on the AP’s top team in both 2013 and 2014.