Jets Star Removes Team From Personal Bio Amid Negotiations; Contract Demands Revealed

Quinnen Williams

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New York Jets star Defensive Tackle Quinnen Williams has made a bold statement on social media by removing any reference to the Jets from his Twitter page.

This move comes amidst Williams’ ongoing boycott of voluntary offseason workouts as he seeks a new contract with the team. Reports indicate that there is a significant gap between the parties’ positions, fueling speculation about Williams’ future with the Jets.

The defensive tackle market is currently led by Aaron Donald of the Rams, who commands a salary of $31.6 million per year.

Jeffery Simmons of the Titans follows at $23.5 million per year, while Daron Payne of the Commanders and Dexter Lawrence of the Giants both earn $22.5 million.

Williams’ desired salary reportedly falls between $25 million and $30 million per season, putting him in a higher range than Lawrence and Simmons, according to FOX’s Henry McKenna.

Negotiations between Quinnen Williams and the Jets have not progressed well, as ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported earlier this month that the two sides “aren’t close to an agreement“. Williams’ absence from voluntary workouts and his impending free agency in 2024 adds pressure to the situation. The possibility of the Jets using the franchise tag on Williams in 2024 has been raised, although it remains to be seen if that would be a viable solution.

Williams, a first-team All-Pro last season, is seeking a contract that surpasses the extensions recently signed by Lawrence and Simmons. His decision to skip voluntary workouts and remove “Jets” from his Twitter bio further indicates his discontent with the current state of negotiations. Williams’ strong performance and his accolades in the 2022 season, including a First-team All-Pro selection and his first Pro Bowl nod, have undoubtedly bolstered his confidence in seeking a lucrative deal.

It remains to be seen how the Jets will respond to Williams’ public display of dissatisfaction. As one of their star players, Williams’ performance and contributions to the team’s defense cannot be overlooked. Finding common ground and reaching a new agreement that satisfies both parties’ demands will be crucial for the Jets’ future success.

The coming weeks and months will provide a clearer picture of the outcome as negotiations continue, but for now, it seems that Williams is making his frustrations known in the most public way possible.