The NY Jets and Quinnen Williams have been engaged in intense contract negotiations for pretty much the entirety of the offseason to this point. Yet, as we approach the middle of June, no deal has been reached.
Williams has seen many of his fellow position-mates — many of whom were in his very draft class — sign big-money extensions this offseason. Meanwhile, the Jets and Williams are just hoping to get a deal done before training camp next month.
What's the holdup? Why hasn't this gotten done yet? According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the two sides aren't at an impasse over money. Instead, the likely holdup is related to years.
Schefter suggests that Williams is looking to secure a four-year deal, similar to the contracts other defensive tackles have received this offseason. The Jets, on the other hand, are pushing for a five-year contract to give the organization one additional year of control.
The NY Jets will extend Quinnen Williams sooner rather than later
Despite this situation dragging out for longer than most would have hoped, it does still seem inevitable that the two sides will work out a deal. Just take it from Jets head coach Robert Saleh.
Saleh has now multiple times insisted that he is very confident a deal will be reached before training camp. The third-year head coach explicitly said that Williams will be in attendance for training camp and that he will be extended.
It's hard to believe a head coach would be that direct if they weren't 100 percent sure a deal was going to happen. If Saleh is willing to be this publicly confident, Jets fans should be confident as well.
Williams is coming off a career year that saw him named to the Pro Bowl for the first time, earn first-team All-Pro honors, and finish with a team-best 12 sacks. He's one of the best defensive players in football and a cornerstone of this Jets roster.
The Jets recognize this and seemingly aren't being cheap with money — they just want that extra year of team control. It seems more likely, however, that Williams gets his way, given the precedent that has been set this offseason.
With a little over a month until training camp, the Jets still have some time to reach an agreement with their star defensive tackle. Quinnen Williams will get extended — it's just taking a bit longer than many expected.