Mike Williams contract details reveal another NY Jets masterclass

Joe Douglas hit another home run
Mike Williams
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NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas has done an outstanding job of upgrading his team's roster in cost-efficient ways this offseason. His recent signing of Mike Williams is another excellent example.

The Jets signed Williams to a one-year contract worth a maximum of $15 million this week, but while that total value might seem daunting, the specific details of the deal paint a very encouraging picture for Gang Green.

Williams received just $8.3 million in guarantees on his contract. His cap hit in 2024 is a measly $5.96 million — incredible value for a player with multiple 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. The contract also includes a dead cap charge of $2.64 million in 2025.

Williams' deal includes a total of $6.7 million in incentives, $5 million of which relate to individual performance while the other $1.7 million is tied to per-game roster bonuses worth $100,000 each. If Williams plays all 17 games, he'll receive that $1.7 million in full.

The Mike Williams contract is another steal for the NY Jets

This continues a trend of the Jets signing veterans to short-term, incentive-laden contracts. The Jets previously signed All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith to a one-year contract that carries just $6.5 million in guarantees. His cap hit is just $8.65 million in 2024.

In both cases, the Jets prioritized going all-in on the 2024 season, pushing dead money to the future. Some of those incentives, if hit, could also be added to next year's cap in 2025.

The Jets have made it clear that they're prepared to operate in this 1-2 year window of opportunity. They're well aware that their window for Super Bowl success hinges on Aaron Rodgers. The hope is that these moves allow them to compete for a championship in the short term.

None of these moves particularly handicap the Jets in the future, either. The Jets pushed quite a bit of dead money into the future last offseason with a handful of restructures. That hasn't significantly impacted the team's ability to make moves a year later.

The Jets have been one of the most financially savvy teams this offseason, and the Williams signing is just another example. Williams gives the Jets a high-end WR2 to pair with Garrett Wilson, and while the injury concerns are real, it's hard to fault the Jets for swinging for the fences in their win-now approach.

Mike Williams was arguably the best realistic wide receiver option remaining for the Jets this offseason. They prioritized adding him, didn't let him leave the building, and still signed him to a team-friendly, incentive-heavy contract.

This is another win for Joe Douglas and the Jets in what has been a near-flawless offseason to this point.