This may take some time.
Unless the NFL deadlines change, the giants have until July 15 to conclude a long-term deal with defensive tackle Leonard Williams. Otherwise, play with the $ 16.1 million one-year franchise tag, which isn’t a scenario that both sides want.
Williams has absolutely no impulse to do anything right now, and the Giants, knowing the time-tested truth that deadlines trigger urgency, are willing to wait for things with Williams until summer.
Nothing that has happened around Williams up to this point has surprised the Giants. His agent, Roosevelt Barnes, president of the football division of Independent Sports & Entertainment, is often willing to let situations unfold over time. Hence, the Giants have not anticipated an easy and quick signature, despite general manager Dave Gettleman stating that Williams has told him that he is happy with the Giants and wants to stay.
Williams, acquired on October 28 in an exchange with the Jets, sent mixed messages over the course of the season. He said he preferred to stay in the area, so he expressed a desire to test its value on the market. He also said that he wants to go to a place where he can win.
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In most years, no player is in a hurry to sign the franchise tag because it takes away any leverage from the player. The displeasure with the tag and the desire for a lucrative long-term commitment lead players to stay away from their teams, as they are not allowed into the facility until they sign the tag. This often creates an undesirable situation: the team is carrying out its off-season training program and minicamps with the player tagged absent. Far from the eyes but not far from the heart.
This is clearly not most of the years. There will be no semblance of a normal NFL offseason. The Giants, relying on a new manager, were ready to open their offseason schedule on April 6, two weeks before the return coach teams. These dates are now meaningless, as far as player meetings on the spot are concerned. Williams will not miss any links or camaraderie typically inherent in these off season sessions, as there will be no normal sessions. An agent’s leverage – my boyfriend doesn’t show up – isn’t applicable this year.
Working for Williams is that judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham regards Williams as part of the solution, this season and beyond. Although already a five-year-old NFL veteran, Williams is so young (he turns 26 on June 20) that he can surely be part of the middle-aged core (in NFL terms) in defense which now includes additions of free agents James Bradberry and Blake Martinez, both 26.
Judge and Graham talk about players offering more options, and Williams offers it to the Giants, no matter if Graham leans more heavily on a defensive front of four or three men.
Playing in 2020 for $ 16.1 million is not debilitating for Williams. Any new deals reached with the Giants aren’t likely to average $ 16 million a year, so if you play for it this season, “they’ve now set a precedent for what the new plan is,” he told The Post an agent of the NFL player. If Williams plays for $ 16.1 million, that’s what it’s worth, according to the market, and could be a starting point in any new negotiation. Getting him to sign up before this season wouldn’t cost much on average per year.
“Giants don’t have to do anything,” said the agent. “They will pay him a very fair wage, and he will play under it and revisit it. The hat will go up, and if they love it and have to pay more, they will do it. This is always a good situation for the player in the long run, if they are really good. and they don’t hurt themselves.
“He’ll get a really solid deal if they keep it after this or if he’ll go to the market knowing the giants valued him at $ 16 million. If he gets $ 10 million [average] it would still be $ 26 million in guaranteed cash in two years. “
Jadeveon Clowney remains unsigned and his agreement, whenever it materializes, could influence the way Williams considers his worth. Ndamukong Suh is returning to the Buccaneers for $ 8 million reported for the 2020 season.
Williams could take a rebellious stance and insist that he won’t play on the label – even if for $ 16 million and a chance to reach the market at the age of 26, why should he? This would complicate things. Giants prefer to do something in the long run, but they realize that it is unlikely to be corrected anytime soon.