Jets to pick up Leonard Williams’ fifth-year option

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The Jets made some big changes up front this offseason, but they want to make sure to keep one key part of their defense.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets plan to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Leonard Williams‘ contract for 2019.

The Jets have been encouraged by the play of the former No. 6 overall pick, and after letting former linemate Muhammad Wilkerson this offseason, need the stability up front.

The 23-year-old Williams could also be in line for an extension sooner rather than later, as the Jets are sitting on a pile of cap room and hope to keep him around for the long term.

5 responses to “Jets to pick up Leonard Williams’ fifth-year option

  1. Exercising his 2019 option now doesn’t actually become fully guaranteed until next year, so this is more an exercise in insurance – sensibly keeping first dibs on younger guys during the near total rebuild (that the Jets aren’t calling a rebuild) as anything.

  2. He’s been a huge disappointment for a top 5 pick. I remember hearing “steal” and all of this, but he only makes 1 play a game. It’s usually the dive into the backfield and trip up the RB for a loss. Then, he disappears. He also doesn’t even command a double team.

    The Jets just do not understand the draft.

  3. arclight1972 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 7:52 am
    Williams had an ok but not great 3rd year. If the Jets were smart they would try and sign him to a long term extension now, at a reduced price.
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    There are 31 teams in the league not named the Jets that would love a crack at signing him if he reaches free agency. Maybe he likes the Jets so much that he will give them a discount (unlikely), but he does not have to sign at a reduced price.

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