Leonard Williams may ask for massive annual salary from Giants
New York Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams might be in line for a massive payday.
Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reported the Giants are “intent” on re-signing Williams, who could demand upwards of $15 million per year:
In fact, the big splash might even come before free agency begins. The Giants are intent on re-signing defensive lineman Leonard Williams, which is the only way to justify the third- and fifth-round picks they sent to the Jets for him (that fifth-rounder becomes a fourth-rounder if the Giants re-sign him before March 18). And that could be costly since Williams has said he wants a “big contract” because he thinks he’s a “top-tier interior defensive lineman.”
That would put the 25-year-old Williams, at least in his mind, in the $15 million per year range.
As Vacchiano suggested, part of the onus for re-signing Williams likely stems from the fairly steep price the Giants paid to acquire Williams from the Giants this past October.
Leonard Williams might believe he is one of the better interior linemen in football, though his production tailed off considerably last season. Williams recorded just 1/2 sack and two tackles for loss, one season removed from a year in which he had five sacks and 11 tackles for loss. It is also worth noting Williams had more success in his final eight games with the Giants than he did in his first seven with the Jets.
The Giants technically enter this offseason with over $61 million in cap space, thought that does not take into account the 2020 draft class. Re-signing Leonard Williams would take another big bite out of the cap, particularly if he insists on at least $15 million annually.
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