Leonard Williams of Giants signs franchise, but major question remains

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Defensive lineman Leonard Williams of the New York Giants traded his third-round draft pick to acquire the New York Jets last season, signed his franchise label on Wednesday, the team announced. The question that remains is whether the tag will pay him as a defensive end or a defensive tackle. Williams, who considers himself a defensive player, hopes he will be paid as such, since the franchise tag for defensive goals costs about $ 1.7 million more than a defensive tackle. According to Over The Cap, defensive endings will earn $ 17.78 million under the tag, while defensive tackles will earn $ 16.12 million.

Williams would hoping to receive a long term deal from the Giants this offseason which would bring him about 10 to 12 million dollars per season. Although he does not rule out the possibility of signing a long-term contract with Williams, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman hinted that Williams could play this season under the franchise label. If Williams ends up signing a long-term deal with the Giants, Gettleman gave up a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a fifth-round pick in 2021 to acquire Williams.

Sixth overall in the 2015 draft, Williams was an immediate starter for the Jets, recording 63 tackles and three sacks as a rookie while helping New York 10-6. Williams won his first Pro Bowl selection the following season, setting career highs in tackles (68), sacks (seven) and fumble (two).

Although his production over the next two seasons was solid, Williams could not match the success he had in the 2016 season at the end of his time with the Jets. And after a slow start to the 2019 season, he was traded to the Giants, recording only 20 tackles in his first seven games with Big Blue.



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