New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman will make it a priority to re-sign Leonard Williams after this season.
The New York Giants were pretty quiet at this year’s trade deadline…except for when they did business with the New York Jets for the first time. Big Blue sent over a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick for veteran Leonard Williams. The defensive lineman is expected to plug the gaps and efficiently produce for this struggling Giants defense.
What’s the issue with this? Well, there are multiple, but we’ll focus on the most egregious issue.
Williams’ rookie deal expires at the end of this season. If the Giants don’t re-sign him, he’d essentially become a rental player. This wouldn’t make much sense, being that the Giants aren’t anywhere near a contender. The leader of the front office has thus made it a priority to keep Williams around.
“Our goal is to sign him long-term,” general manager Dave Gettleman said in a message shared with season-ticket holders, per Michael Eisen of Giants.com. “He’s only 25-years-old. And obviously talented. He’s a piece you can build around.”
Williams will work in with Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, and rookie Dexter Lawrence. It’s a defensive line that’s been relatively quiet through the first eight games of 2019. Williams will be the most experienced out of the four, with Lawrence, Hill, and Tomlinson, playing in their first, second, and third seasons, respectively.
The Giants and their newest acquisition will take on the Dallas Cowboys at home on “Monday Night Football.” Kick-off is set to take place at 8:15 p.m. ET. Gettleman and this organization are hoping this is the first of many matchups with Williams in blue.