The NY Jets made re-signing linebacker Quincy Williams one of their top priorities this offseason, and that's exactly what they did on Sunday, signing Williams to a new three-year, $18 million contract.
The deal is worth $6 million per season with incentives that could bring the total value up to $21 million. It also includes $9 million in guarantees and a likely out early in the contract.
This is excellent value for a player the Jets view as an "ascending" talent in the league, and very likely less than he would have received on the open market. Williams made it clear that playing alongside his brother, Quinnen Williams, was an important factor in his decision-making process.
It seems as though he may have taken a more team-friendly deal to make it happen. One Williams brother has been extended — Quinnen is up next.
The Quincy Williams contract is great value for the NY Jets
Williams' APY of $6 million ranks 17th among all off-ball linebackers in the NFL, but it's very likely less than what he would have received had a bidding war ensued in free agency. But Williams was never interested in leaving the Jets.
It should also be noted that Williams has the same agent as his brother, Nicole Lynn. Getting an extension done with the older Williams brother should go a long way toward hammering out a deal with his All-Pro younger brother.
Williams remains a volatile player who sprinkles in plenty of mistakes with his splash plays, but the former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker did become a more consistent contributor in 2022. His ability to diagnose run plays and stack and shed blocks improved considerably.
The Jets believe that Williams hasn't come close to scratching the surface of his potential. Even if he never quite reaches his ceiling, Williams has gotten better each year in the NFL.
He's an ascending player, who is beloved by the coaching staff and locker room, and just so happens to be the brother of one of the cornerstones of the organization. Re-signing him at this price has to be seen as excellent value.
Quincy Williams is staying in Florham Park, and if the Jets have it their way, so too will his brother.