New York Jets star DT Quinnen Williams sets timetable for new contract

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Aug 28, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) celebrates his sack with cornerback Michael Carter II (30) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets Curtis Martin Team MVP is in line for a new contract and, rightfully so, expects one early this offseason.

New York Jets DT Quinnen Williams wants new deal soon:

Earlier today, Quinnen Williams met with reporters as the Jets held their end-of-season press conferences. He was asked about his contract situation, going into the final year of his rookie deal on his fifth-year option, and stated the following.

“Everybody knows I’m a team guy. Everybody knows that I believe in team and want to push team-first and different things like that. But, I do want to get a contract done before the offseason program. I do feel like I deserve to get a contract done before the offseason program just because I did everything right on the field and everything right off the field. And just, having the organization behind me just like I’m behind them to show that they really support me and different things like that is an amazing thing for me.”

Williams said he would skip the offseason program without a new deal. He also stated, “I love this organization. I’ve been here four years, and I’ve been through the ups and downs, and I believe in Coach Saleh and what Joe have got going on”.

He discussed the tremendous improvement made by the Jets’ defense going from last to fourth, “And you guys can see, this defense going to a new level from going from last, last year, to top-five this year, I would definitely want to be a part of that for years to come.”

Lastly, Williams said that he is optimistic that things will work out.

“I definitely have faith in them. Just to see this organization going through the culture change that they have. I know, I’ve seen the stat that they haven’t re-signed a first-round draft pick in the last seven to 10 years or something like that. But, to see where this culture is going. To see where we’re going as a defense, as a whole, I feel like I want to be a big part of that culture change. I want to be a big part of that New York Sack Exchange 2.0-type thing. That’s a big thing that means a lot to me and this organization.”

Williams recently turned 25 years old, is coming off of a career year, and going into year five of his career, should just be entering his prime. He was nothing short of dominant for the Jets in 2022, posting 12 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, 12 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and 55 total tackles (35 solo). The success led to his first Pro Bowl, and Williams is deserving of All-Pro recognition.

He will likely land a second contract worth four or five years, extending him through either the 2027 or 2028 season. From there, the average annual salary will likely be north of $20 million and probably push $25 million per year. It falls right between the two highest-paid players, Aaron Donald, who averages $31.5 million after the new deal he signed last year, and DeForest Buckner, who averages $21 million per year with the contract he signed in 2020.

The guaranteed amount will likely be around $50 million. Buckner signed for $45 on that deal given in 2020. That same offseason, Chris Jones signed for $60 million guaranteed. Perhaps, Williams gets something closer to the amount that Jones signed for.

In the end, Williams achieved his year four breakout that everyone needed to see from him as a former third overall draft pick. He has been with the team for a good chunk of time now and asserted himself on and off the field well for the organization. Williams proved he can be a constant disruptor and difference-maker for the Jets moving forward. He should absolutely be signed by the Jets early this offseason for the long term.