The New York Giants have a big decision to make this offseason. After acquiring former New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams in October, the former No. 6 overall pick has a chance to hit the open market in 2020.
Per NFL Insider Ian Rapaport, the Giants are reportedly not close to a contract extension with the USC product. As a result, the Giants franchise-tagging the 6-foot-5, 302-pound lineman is a possibility. At just 25 years old and with a Pro Bowl already on his resume, the market for Williams should be fairly strong if the G-Men decide to let him go.
Expected to be the center of a Jets defense when he was selected early in the 2015 NFL Draft, Williams started his career off strong. In only his second season, the talented defensive tackle recorded 68 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and seven sacks.
However, Williams failed to capitalize on that success in his next two and half seasons with the Jets and was subsequently traded to the Giants.
The Giants acquired Williams in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a fifth-round selection in 2021. Williams had been in the final year of his rookie deal after the Jets picked up his $14.2 million option for 2019.
In seven games (and seven starts) with the Giants, Williams recorded just 20 tackles and five QB hits and one pass defended.