Quinnen Williams isn't happy with the NY Jets and he's making it clear
By Justin Fried
Quinnen Williams is not happy with the NY Jets. The All-Pro defensive tackle has taken subtle jabs at his team throughout the offseason amidst ongoing extension talks, and a not-so-subtle change to his Twitter bio on Monday further confirmed the notion that he's unhappy.
Williams' new Twitter bio now reads: "Defensive Tackle for ...........". Evidently, Williams is sending a message to the Jets. He wants to play for a team that will pay him what he believes he's worth.
This isn't the first time that Williams has expressed his displeasure with the Jets' negotiations. General manager Joe Douglas insisted that he was "optimistic" about the state of extension talks following the 2023 NFL Draft. Williams seemed to suggest that he didn't feel the same way.
Numerous Jets players have tweeted their support for Williams over the last few months. Players like John Franklin-Myers, Mekhi Becton, Quincy Williams (of course), and others have all pleaded with the Jets to pay their star defensive lineman.
It's unclear what the Jets are offering or what Williams is asking for, but the market has been set. This should not be a difficult negotiation.
The NY Jets need to pay Quinnen Williams
The defensive tackle market has been set this offseason. New York Giants star Dexter Lawrence received a four-year, $87.5 million extension. Jeffery Simmons of the Tennessee Titans is now making $94 million over four years. Others like Daron Payne and Javon Hargrave have also received new deals.
Williams isn't going to touch Aaron Donald and his $31.67 million average salary, but he's likely looking to become the second-highest-paid defensive tackle in football. It's hard to argue he doesn't deserve it.
The former third-overall pick was one of just four players to receive first-place votes for Defensive Player of the Year last season. He was named first-team All-Pro following a breakout 12-sack campaign.
Quinnen Williams is one of the best defensive players in the NFL, is just 25 years old, and is one of the few homegrown stars the Jets have developed in years. There's no excuse for not paying him.
The Jets still seem confident that a deal will get done, but by all accounts, the two sides are not close to reaching an agreement. Williams' growing displeasure won't resonate well with the Jets' locker room. He appears to have the support of his teammates.
This is absolutely a situation that's worth monitoring over the coming weeks. The Jets must find a way to pay their superstar defensive tackle.