Leonard Williams expected to file grievance to be listed as DE for tag purposes

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Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams is signing the franchise tag the team applied last month, which locks him into a one-year deal with the team that traded for him ahead of the 2019 trade deadline.

The salary for that deal may not been set in stone, however. According to multiple reports, Williams is expected to file a grievance to be listed as a defensive end rather than a defensive tackle under the terms of the tag. Williams generally played on the outside of a three-man line, which is often classified as a defensive tackle because there’s a linebacker flanking them.

Defensive ends have a franchise tag value of $17.9 million while defensive tackles make $16.1 million.

In addition to that fight, Dan Duggan of TheAthletic.com reports that Williams filed a grievance about how much money he made under the terms of his fifth-year option last year. The Jets classified Williams as a tackle and paid him $11.4 million rather than the $14.2 million that would have gone to a defensive end.

A long-term deal would make squabbling about his 2020 compensation moot, but Duggan reports nothing is imminent on that front.

13 responses to “Leonard Williams expected to file grievance to be listed as DE for tag purposes

  1. Michael says:
    April 23, 2020 at 7:39 am
    If you play tackle, how can you grieve to be considered an end?
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    He considers himself an “end” because he plays at the end of the line in the 3-4 alignment. Belichick used to do that with Vince Wilfork a lot too, but Vince was still a tackle.

  2. The NFL needs to convert to the more contemporary lingo of “interior DL”, “edge”, and “off the ball LB”. Right now, interior guys can get lumped in with true edge guys as DEs, and worse, true off-the-ball LBs (which the league values less) sees their franchise tag number boosted by standup edge guys who are roughly the same as 4-3 DEs (aka “pass rushers”, which the league values a ton).

  3. I know he played better when he moved to the Giants but I fail to see why you’d want to franchise him and pay him even if its 16 mil for this upcoming year. Usually you franchise a guy who is worth close to that annual salary for an extended contract. Giants fans be honest would you want to sign Leonard Williams to a 4 year 60 mil contract?

  4. 5 technique in a 3-4 is a tackle although it’s called an end but the outside linebackers flank them. Man remember when this guy was going to be a great player? Some just don’t have the work ethic and coast in their natural talent but when they get to the nfl everyone is as talented as you.

  5. LOL!

    The dude is an outright top 5 pick bust and he thinks he’s entitled to stuff like this because of it.

    The Jets are literally the worst organization in the league and have been in the 1st rd for 2 decades. It’s almost like they intentionally pick a bust on purpose.

  6. If a team uses the franchise tag at an expected amount based on the position and that position/amount is challenged in court then the team should not be obligated if the challenge is successful. They should be able to decide if the new amount is worth it or not. By signing the tag at the specified position/amount why is the player able to challenge it after signing it? Doesn’t your signature mean “I agree” with the terms in the document?

  7. Leonard Williams should be ecstatic that he is being grossly overpaid by being tagged. If he was a 2nd round pick instead of #6 overall he’d be viewed as a good run stuffer, nothing more.
    He’s not a DE, he’s not a sack guy.
    Accept being way overpaid for a year, just like last year.

  8. Dang, I think I understood a 3-4 was DT – NT – DT when I was 10 – from video games. If the vast majority of his snaps were without an OLB then maybe he has an argument. But this is weaksauce by most accounts.

  9. As we say in sales… you don’t get what you don’t ask for!
    Those are millions of dollars. Not just a few digits.

  10. He’s not even with the Jets anymore moron. You are the absolute worst

    tylawspick6 says:
    April 23, 2020 at 9:42 am
    LOL!

    The dude is an outright top 5 pick bust and he thinks he’s entitled to stuff like this because of it.

    The Jets are literally the worst organization in the league and have been in the 1st rd for 2 decades. It’s almost like they intentionally pick a bust on purpose.

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