The New York Jets still haven’t signed their top pick from the 2019 NFL draft, but should Gang Green fans be worried about Quinnen Williams?
We’re just days away from the Jets opening training camp or the 2019 season at Florham Park, and there’s still one big thing missing from their offseason to-do list: Signing Quinnen Williams, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft.
Williams, believed by many to be the best overall player in this year’s draft class, still hasn’t signed his rookie deal with the team. He’s one of only a few draft picks yet to sign, with fellow top-10 picks Daniel Jones (New York Giants) and Devin White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) recently getting their deals ironed out prior to reporting for camp.
For Williams, the hang-up appears to be disagreement over the payout schedule for his signing bonus, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:
What’s the holdup with the #Jets and No. 3 pick Quinnen Williams? My understanding is it comes down to a contract offer with a bonus payout schedule that’d cost Williams about $100,000. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/REg9ryb0e7
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2019
It may seem silly to fans that Williams’ camp and the Jets are squabbling over a difference of $100,000, and it would be hard to argue with them. Compared to the overall value of the contract, that’s not a huge chunk of change.
That said, these things usually come down to teams and players wanting to set an advantageous precedent for their side of things rather than vice versa. If either side relents, it makes it more difficult for their side the next time this kind of thing comes up in negotiations.
While it may be understandable for some Jets fans to be concerned about Williams’ contract status, I wouldn’t fret unless this stalemate lasts into training camp. I expect both sides to come to an agreement prior to Williams needing to report for camp, as that would obviously be in the best interest of all parties.
These things can often come down to the eleventh hour, and it appears that we’re headed for that scenario with Williams. In the long run, though, it shouldn’t have much of an impact on either side once the pads actually start popping.