DE - NYG
The Giants and star defensive lineman Leonard Williams have agreed to a massive three-year extension worth $63 million. The deal includes $45 million guaranteed.
Williams was issued a second straight franchise tag in early March, but this extension will void that deal and keep him in New York through 2023. Over six seasons, the former first-round pick has a whopping 323 tackles and 29 sacks, including 11.5 in 2020 alone. He is a key member of the Giants' defense and will help the unit remain dominant for at least three more years.
New York Giants DL Leonard Williams has been franchise tagged at $19.36 million for 2021, as reported by Albert Breer.
This is the second consecutive year the Giants have opted to use the franchise tag on Williams, who had a solid year racking up 11.5 sacks in 2020. The Giants will look to build around their defense, which surprised many with its talent despite underwhelming play from the offense. Williams will look to replicate his performance as a stalwart defensive lineman while head coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman attempt to upgrade the offense this offseason.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Giants are expected to franchise tag star DL Leonard Williams.
The Giants are expected to use their franchise tag on standout DL Leonard Williams. “It’s viewed as a placeholder for a long-term deal, which the two sides will continue to work towards,” per Rapoport. Williams had an excellent season in 2020, racking up 57 tackles (27 solo), a career-high 11.5 sacks and one fumble recovery across 16 games. The Giants and Williams will now work towards a long-term extension during the offseason. Stay tuned.
Leonard Williams was placed on the NFI list less than two weeks ago with a hamstring issue but was activated Friday morning.
Williams, a 2015 first-round pick, will get his first practice of the offseason in on Friday. He signed a one-year "prove-it" deal with the Giants for 2020 and will hope to cash on next season on a multi-year deal.
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.