The NY Jets will have a decision to make regarding the future of star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams in the near future. Williams is due a new contract pretty soon, and to this point, there hasn't been much indication that the two sides have discussed terms just yet.
That is, until a recent report from ESPN's Rich Cimini suggested otherwise. Per Cimini, Williams "is in contract talks for an extension" with the Jets as of last week.
Cimini didn't elaborate on how serious these talks were or how long they've been going on, but he did indicate that negotiations (no matter how preliminary they might be) have officially begun.
The Jets are looking to extend their former No. 3 overall pick, a development that shouldn't come as much of a surprise, even if Williams hasn't quite lived up to his lofty expectations just yet.
The NY Jets want to extend Quinnen Williams
Since entering the league in 2019, Williams ranks among the NFL's best in most key defensive stats. He's fifth in defensive stops (73) and sixth in sacks (12.5) among all interior defensive linemen, and that's including his lackluster rookie season.
It's fair to say that he hasn't quite ascended to the heights that the Jets hoped he would, but he's pretty much a consensus top-12 defensive tackle in the NFL at just 24-years-old. He's really, really good.
The Jets are hoping that they haven't seen the best of Williams just yet either. The hope is that the former Alabama standout could excel with an improved crop of pass-rushers surrounding him in 2022.
All has been quiet for Williams and the Jets on the extension front this offseason. Williams has insisted that he's not focused on his contract and the Jets don't seem to be in any rush to get a new deal done.
The two sides have spoken, but it seems like both parties want to see what happens this season before coming to terms on any agreement. In reality, that's likely in the best interest of both Williams and the Jets.
Quinnen Williams can make himself a lot of money if he puts together a career year in 2022. Don't think that both he and the Jets don't realize that.