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The Giants placed Leonard Williams (hamstring) on the active/NFI list.
Williams is looking for a multi-year extension so this hamstring injury isn't ideal timing. However, it isn't expected to be a serious issue. The 2015 first-rounder should ultimately be ready to go for the start of the season.
DE Leonard Williams and the New York Giants are reportedly on the same page when it comes to his contract situation. He’ll play the 2020 season on the franchise tag and they’ll reassess based on his production.
Williams’ sack numbers were way down in 2019, only recording 0.5 sacks combined in 15 games with both the Jets and the Giants. Since coming into the league in 2015, Williams has never been seriously injured and has always been a dominating presence up front. He’ll look to prove his worth to the Giants playing on the one-year franchise tag and hope for a long-term deal next offseason.
According to Giants insider Ralph Vacchiano, DE Leonard Williams is unlikely to receive a long-term extension prior to July 15.
In that case, Williams will play the 2020 season on the franchise tag, costing the Giants approximately $16.1M. If they were to work out a long-term deal they could surely spread out his cap hit, making it lower this year, but that’s unlikely to happen according to Vacchiano. Williams is looking to be paid top dollar to the tune of $18-20M, but it doesn’t seem like the Giants are willing to get to a number that high. And with the landscape of the league right now and the uncertainty surrounding the 2021 salary cap, its become difficult to negotiate contract extensions. Based on the circumstances, it’s more than likely that Williams and the Giants pick back up after the 2020 season to work on a long-term contract extension for one of the NFL’s best defensive lineman.
Giants All-Pro DT Leonard Williams has officially signed his franchise tag and will remain in New York with a guaranteed contract.
A former first-round pick of the Jets in 2015, Williams has only missed one game in his five-year career. He joined the Giants mid-way through the 2019 season in a trade that sent two draft picks to the Jets. In his career, the stout DT has 266 tackles and 17.5 sacks. The only question that remains is whether Williams’ tag pays him as a DT or DE, as if it were a DE, he’d get paid about $1.7M more than if he was considered a DT. From Field Yates, per ESPN’s TruMedia system, Williams has played a career 560 snaps at DT and only 81 at DE. Nonetheless, the Giants get the 25-year old force up front for at least another season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Giants are expected to franchise tag DL Leonard Williams today.
The two sides have been unable to come to an agreement on an extension but the Giants don't want to lose their star lineman. The Giants acquired Williams from the Jets in October for a fifth-round pick in 2021. However, by franchise tagging him that compensation becomes a fourth-round pick instead.