It might be about to go down. The NY Jets have been engaged in extension conversations with star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams all offseason, and with under a week until training camp begins, they might be about to reach a deal.
Williams changed his Twitter bio and header earlier in the offseason to remove all mention of the Jets from his profile. That changed on Thursday when eagle-eyed Jets fans noticed a significant change to Williams' account.
The All-Pro defensive tackle changed his bio from "Defensive Tackle for ........" to "Defensive Tackle for the NEW YORK JETS." He also changed his header from a photo of him in an Alabama jersey back to an image of him with the Jets.
All of this has, of course, fueled speculation that Williams has reached an agreement on an extension with the team that drafted him third overall back in 2019. Everything seems to add up.
The NY Jets might be about to extend Quinnen Williams
Williams' social media profile changes earlier in this offseason were intentional, as they tend to be with players searching for new contracts. Oftentimes it's a deliberate move prompted by agents to put pressure on teams.
It's not necessarily a sign that a relationship has gone sour as opposed to a simple tactical move in the chess game that is contract negotiations.
Williams' decision to emphatically (note that New York Jets was capitalized) put every mention of the Jets back into his profile certainly insinuates that he's either confident a deal will be reached or that a deal has finally been agreed to.
Reports suggest that the Jets and Williams have been at odds over contract length instead of the proposed dollar figure. While the Jets prefer a longer-term contract (somewhere around five years), Williams reportedly prefers a short-term deal that could help him cash in on a new contract in a few years.
The expectation is that Williams will sign the largest contract in Jets history, likely worth at least $23-24 million per season — if not more. He's expected to become the second-highest-paid defensive tackle in football behind Aaron Donald.
Williams is coming off a career year in 2022 in which he finished with a team-leading 12 sacks en route to being named first-team All-Pro. He was one of just four defensive players in the entire NFL to receive first-place votes for Defensive Player of the Year.
With less than a week until the start of training camp next week, time has been running out for the Jets to agree to an extension with arguably the best player on their roster. The last thing the team wants is a contract hold-out developing in front of a national audience on "Hard Knocks."
It seems as though they won't have to worry about that now. A Quinnen Williams extension appears to be imminent.