It’s official: The 2018 preseason schedule has been released for the New York Jets. Plus the inevitable happens with Leonard Williams’ future.
We all knew about the annual ‘Snoopy Bowl’ and preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. But the New York Jets first two opponents were also revealed thus creating the full 2018 preseason schedule for the Jets.
? PRESEASON SCHEDULE ?
— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 11, 2018
There are certain milestones that NFL fans reach during the offseason process. It starts with the NFL Scouting Combine, then free agency frenzy, insert a bunch of Pro Days, and then the NFL Draft.
Although to a small niche of fans, the release of the preseason and regular season schedules are also a special benchmark during this process. Things start to become a lot more real.
According to my sources, the 2018 NFL regular season schedule is expected to be released in the next week and a half. Be on the lookout for the full details right here on Elite Sports New York.
Jets to pick up fifth-year option on Leonard Williams https://t.co/klZDRxB8AH
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 11, 2018
This was obviously a formality for what has proven to be a home run selection for the Jets. Leonard Williams is a championship building block and the centerpiece of the Jets new-look defensive line.
Here are the details, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:
“Leonard will make $2.975 million in 2018. His fifth-year option salary will be the average of the top 10 players at his position. The Jets assume no risk by exercising the option, which is only guaranteed for injury right now. It won’t be fully guaranteed until the start of the 2019 league year (next March).”
Spoiler alert, Williams is going to be signed to a long-term deal sooner rather than later. Williams is not only a great talent but has proven to be a leader and a player who has a clean record off the field. That ripe combination will keep Williams in green and white for the foreseeable future.