Report: Giants are expected to franchise tag Leonard Williams

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$One way or another, the Giants will be keeping Leonard Williams in the fold for 2021.

New York is expected to franchise tag Williams, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports. But the tag is viewed as a placeholder for a long-term deal, which Giants and Williams’ representation will continue to wok on.

The Giants traded for Williams in the middle of the 2019 season, sending a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Jets. Williams had his best season in 2020, recording 11.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and 30 quarterback hits.

The two sides may want to work out a long-term deal, but if they don’t, Williams is entitled to a 20 percent raise on his 2020 salary because it’s the second consecutive year he’s been tagged. Last year, Williams made $16.126 million, which means he would earn $19.351 million in 2021.

Williams has 29.0 career sacks, 48 tackles for loss, and 131 quarterback hits in 95 career games. He was the Jets’ No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

10 responses to “Report: Giants are expected to franchise tag Leonard Williams

  1. $19M placeholder or starting point for contract? Unreal how expensive utilization of the tag process is costing teams that can’t get long term deals completed.

  2. Ugh! The botched trade that just keeps on inflicting pain. If only Gettleman had just waited until he was a free agent last offseason coming off his 1 sack campaign, he could have probably gotten him for 4 years and about $55 mn. Instead, he gave up picks and gave Williams all the leverage, which he is employing nicely. Seems like the kind of guy who may not perform as well when he’s not after a contract….

  3. He’s got a pending grevience that will increase the tag amount. The Giants have about 12M in cap space. Clearly they have more moves coming just to accommodate the tag.

  4. If true that pretty much means that free agency is over before it even started for the Giants. So long Dalvin Tomlinson and any chance of getting a legit wr or edge rusher. Onto 2022.

  5. as a giants fan i really like this cat…i’m just praying he’s not gonna be one of those dudes who takes his foot off the gas cause he got paid

  6. arwiv says:
    March 9, 2021 at 9:09 am
    If true that pretty much means that free agency is over before it even started for the Giants. So long Dalvin Tomlinson and any chance of getting a legit wr or edge rusher. Onto 2022..
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    they were screwed for cap this year no matter what..2022 is a different story when they have over 100 mill to spend

  7. arwiv says:
    March 9, 2021 at 9:09 am
    If true that pretty much means that free agency is over before it even started for the Giants. So long Dalvin Tomlinson and any chance of getting a legit wr or edge rusher. Onto 2022.
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    It was always gonna be either Tomlinson OR Williams, never both. Tomlinson is a good player, but Williams is a difference maker. I’m assuming we take a WR with pick 11, since the edge rushers in this rookie class leave something to be desired.

  8. Gettelman got reamed for making this deal, but Williams played like a star for the Giants. I don’t think they miss the picks. Only gamble is what happens after you put $25m in this guy’s pocket in year 1 of a new deal.

  9. Given that free agency hasn’t started, the Giants could still get a deal with Williams done before free agency. It doesn’t prevent them from exchanging proposals with Tomlinson or exploring free agent market for pass rushers/wide receivers/OL. Solder/Zeitler are working with the Giants right now but either or both could be off the roster. Sterling Shepard is a different story, they’d like to keep him at a lower number, unknown if his agent is actively working with the Giants. Peppers and Engram extensions might be unpopular but surely under consideration.

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