Jets Pick Up Leonard Williams’ Fifth-Year Option

It’s official. The New York Jets announced this morning (via Twitter) that they’ve picked up defensive lineman Leonard Williams‘ fifth-year option. We heard earlier this month that the organization would pick up the option before the May 3rd deadline.

Williams was already under contract for an affordable $2.975MM in 2018, but as our own Zach Links pointed out, it’s uncertain what kind of money he’ll be making in 2019. After all, the 23-year-old has spent time at defensive end and defensive tackle, so he could realistically be listed at either position.

The fifth-year option for former top-10 picks is similar to the transition tag, so Williams’ 2019 salary will be based on the top-10 salaries at his respective position. Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com believes that Williams’ salary could come in around $14.2MM. Regardless, his listed 2019 salary might soon be irrelevant, as the two sides could still agree to a long-term extension.

The former first-rounder out of USC hasn’t missed a game since entering the league in 2015. After compiling seven sacks en route to a Pro Bowl birth in 2016, Williams’ numbers took a bit of a hit in 2017. The lineman ultimately finished the campaign with 47 tackles and two sacks in 16 games, both career-lows. However, Williams still graded out as a top-25 defensive tackle last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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4 comments on “Jets Pick Up Leonard Williams’ Fifth-Year Option

  1. tonysdog01

    This is the type of guy you invest long term in. Great football player. Great teammate and really good person.

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    • connfyoozed

      Agreed, especially when compared to former line mate Muhammad Wilkerson. Williams is one of the more talented 3-4 D Linemen in the game. Hopefully the Jets can settle on a position for him and keep him there.

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  2. dust44

    Jets have 2 nice building block leader types on D with Williams and Adams. They need to hit on a QB and some pass rushers and they will b just fine.

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  3. crosseyedlemon

    Very easy decision here. Williams is a solid blue collar guy with the right attitude and work ethic. Provides the continuity you need when a lot of roster changes are taking place.

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