New York Jets star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is reportedly seeking a contract worth between $23-$25 million a year and is taking action in attempt to secure it.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Williams will not be reporting for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason program today. The 25-year-old had previously stated that he would not attend without a new contract, and he is currently due to receive $9.594 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, which is the final year of his contract.
Update: #Jets DT Quinnen Williams is probably targeting $23-$25 million a year on his next deal, according to @RichCimini
Williams is entering the final year of his contract. pic.twitter.com/xgXNt2IfqX
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 15, 2023
This news is sure to have Jets fans a bit concerned, as the team has not re-signed one of its first-round draft picks since defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson in 2016.
Williams, who was originally drafted 3rd overall out of Alabama in the 2019 NFL Draft, has become a key player for the Jets in recent seasons.
In 2022, Williams recorded a career-high 12 sacks, bringing his career total to 27.5 for New York. He has been a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line and has shown himself to be one of the most dominant players in the league.
Williams was not the only defensive tackle looking for a big payday. Tennessee Titans DT Jeffery Simmons recently signed a contract worth $23 million per year, while Washington Commanders DT Daron Payne signed a deal worth $22 million per year. The highest-paid DT in the league is currently Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, who makes $31.7 million per year.
It remains to be seen if the Jets will be willing to meet Williams’ contract demands. While he is undoubtedly one of the best defensive players in the league, a contract worth $23-$25 million a year would make him one of the highest-paid players in the league, regardless of position.