The New York Giants will be placing a franchise tag on defensive lineman Leonard Williams, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The Giants acquired Williams in a midseason trade with the New York Jets this past year. In eight games with Big Blue, Williams registered 26 tackles, a half of a sack and a forced fumble. Through 15 contests between the Giants and the Jets overall, he totaled 46 tackles.
Williams, who played his collegiate football at the University of Southern California, was originally selected by the Jets with the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He had a very impressive rookie campaign, playing in every game and finishing with 63 tackles and three sacks. The following year, Williams was even better, racking up 68 tackles, seven sacks and a couple of forced fumbles en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
The 25-year-old then struggled in his third season, logging 47 tackles, a couple of sacks and an interception. He bounced back a bit in 2018, rattling off 42 tackles and five sacks, but Williams was never able to recapture his dominance from his first couple of years in the NFL.
With Williams getting set to hit free agency and the Jets growing frustrated with his performance, Gang Green decided to deal him ahead of the trade deadline back in October.
He was a bit more productive with the Giants than he was with the Jets in 2019, and due to the fact that New York needs some serious help on the defensive side of the ball, it certainly makes sense for the Giants to slap a tag on him.