New York Jets players are set to begin reporting to training camp in a little over a week, but there have been questions about whether one of the Jets’ defensive mainstays, Quinnen Williams, will report to the New York Jets facility. team later this month.
On Thursday, the Jets’ front office put an end to those questions by signing the All-Pro defensive tackle to a long-term contract extension. Williams agreed to a four-year contract worth $96 million, with $66 million in guarantees, ESPN reported.
The 25-year-old Williams, who had a year left on his rookie contract, is now tied to the franchise through the 2027 season.
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Williams did not participate in the Jets’ voluntary workouts earlier this offseason as the two sides worked to hammer out the details of a deal.
As other top defensive tackles signed massive extensions, Williams took to social media to vent his frustration.
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In May, Williams removed the Jets from his Twitter bio amid contract negotiations. He restored the Jets to his timeline on Thursday.
The Jets also re-signed Williams’ brother, linebacker Quincy Williams, to a three-year deal this offseason.
Jets bosses had expressed optimism during contract negotiations. In early June, coach Robert Saleh said: «It’s going to get done. He’ll be here for camp, he’ll be ready to roll, and once he’s ready to roll, I’m sure he’ll be the same guy he was.» A year ago.»
The Jets had one of the best defensive units in the NFL last season, finishing in the top four in yards allowed.
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Williams had a breakout season in 2012, finishing the year with 12 sacks. He was named to the Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2022.