The Giants were 2-6 on October 28 when they made an apparently strange deal with Leonard Williams with the Jets. The Giants finished 5-11, Williams produced half a bag (and a whole bunch of pressure) in eight games with his new team.
General Manager Dave Gettleman, the instigator of the Williams deal, is coming soon.
Gettleman delivered a draft pick for the third round in 2020 and a pick for the fifth round in 2021 to Williams for the Williams, although Williams should become a free agent at the end of the season. The 2021 election is conditional – it will be a quarter-finalist when the Giants Williams sign before the NFL Free Agency officially launches on March 18.
If the Giants Williams don't sign, trading is a disaster for Gettleman. When they sign, the financial value of the deal determines whether Gettleman sees the player differently (higher) than many others in the league.
There is a way for Gettleman to keep Williams but not commit to him. On February 25, a two-week window will open where teams can select players for specific names. The Giants can secure Williams for 2020 by putting the franchise tag on him, but that would cost a projected $ 16 million salary cap – way too much for that particular player. A transition day would likely cost $ 13 million, giving the Giants the right to match any offer Williams receives in the free agency, but the Giants would not receive compensation if he left. The franchise tag returns two picks from the first round as compensation, a price that no team will pay.
No tag is a great option, as the tags only need an upper limit to keep Williams on the squad. It is clear that a multi-year contract would start at $ 10 million a year and would fall closer to the average of $ 12 million a year for a permanent run stopper that turns 26 in June.
Gettleman believes Williams is "about to begin its heyday" and, after last season, noticed that Williams "improved our quick defense with him". He hums around the quarterback. "
Gettleman summarized the controversial move as follows: "The juice was worth the pressure."
Only if the Giants don't get a price for Williams. In his eight games, he had 26 duels, a forced fumble and half a bag. True, he took care of the quarterback with 17 presses and 10 quarterback hits – an excellent production. But he's not a 17.5-bag finisher in his 79 NFL games.
Williams sent out mixed signals as the 2019 season came to an end, declaring he liked what he saw and felt around the Giants, and expressed his desire to stay in the area after four years with the Jets. He also talked about testing the market, not being satisfied with an undervalued contract and winning – something he hasn't seen much in his five NFL seasons. If he is tempted to sign with the Giants without meeting the free agency, you can be sure that the Giants will have to register.
If Williams signs elsewhere, the Giants are entitled to a draft compensation in return. Gettleman estimated that it would be a third round selection, but this formula is based on several factors and can only be determined when the entire free agent scorecard is complete.
Williams seems to fit best on a 4-3 line of defense, though he showed some pass-rush energy as a defensive end on the 3-4 front that the Giants used in 2019. All signs are new Giants defensive coordinators that Patrick Graham plans to use multiple defenses, with Dexter Lawrence and Dalvin Tomlinson returning as inner linemen. The Giants want Williams to be included in this group, and if it doesn't, Gettleman has to make some statements.