3 moves still left for NY Jets to make after the 2023 NFL Draft

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1. The NY Jets should extend Quinnen Williams

This offseason has been the year of paydays for some of the league's top defensive tackles. Jeffrey Simmons and Daron Payne have received their extensions. Javon Hargrave signed a four-year, $84 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.

And then on Thursday, the New York Giants handed their own star defensive tackle, Dexter Lawrence, a four-year extension worth an average of $22.5 million per year. The assumption is that Quinnen Williams should and will be next.

Williams is entering the fifth and final season of his rookie deal in 2023 and is coming off a career year that saw him named first-team All-Pro. The former third-overall pick finished with a career-high 12 sacks and 28 QB hits en route to earning his first Pro Bowl nod.

Williams was one of just four players in the entire NFL to receive a first-place vote for Defensive Player of the Year. He's legitimately one of the best players at any position in the league.

The Jets have essentially vowed to pay Williams this offseason after the 25-year-old insisted he wouldn't show up for the voluntary portion of the team's offseason program without a new contract.

Jets general manager Joe Douglas remains optimistic the two sides will get a deal done and insists that extension talks are going well. Actions speak louder than words, though.

The most important move the Jets must make this offseason is their superstar defensive lineman. They can pass on signing a safety. They can even move on without Kwon Alexander.

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But under no circumstances can the Jets enter the 2023 season without giving Quinnen Williams a new contract. That should be the top priority for the organization at this time.