NY Jets’ defensive lineman Quinnen Williams had his gun charges dropped on Monday.
Fortunately, for both Williams and the Jets, all charges related to his March arrest have officially been dropped as of Monday.
The arrest stemmed from an incident where he attempted to board a plane with a pistol that was licensed in Alabama, but not in New York. Williams told the agent at the Delta check-in counter that he had the unloaded gun.
Police later arrived and charged Williams with one count each of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. But on Monday in Queens Criminal Court, Williams accepted a plea deal, officials said.
All charges against him were dropped as part of the plea deal in which Williams will be required to forfeit his Glock 19 and pay a $250 fine, a spokesperson from the court said.
Williams’ attorney, Alex Spiro, expressed his satisfaction with the plea deal in a statement.
“As we said from the outset, this matter has been resolved with no criminal charges. This case was nothing more than a technical issue with the storing of the firearm, which is why the government gave Mr. Williams nothing more than a ticket.”
The NY Jets are hoping to see Quinnen Williams break out in 2020.
2020 is a huge season for Williams after a disappointing showing in his rookie campaign. The Jets selected the former Alabama star third overall in the 2019 NFL Draft with the expectation that he would be an instant-impact defender.
And while he wasn’t necessarily bad, it’s safe to say that Williams was underwhelming in his rookie season. But things have a chance to be different in 2020.
Williams has looked better in his sophomore NFL season totaling two sacks in a dominant Week 2 performance against the San Francisco 49ers. More games like that will go a long way towards allowing him to live up to his draft stock.
Thankfully, now that all this legal drama has been cleared up, he has one less thing hanging over his head.