The New York Giants reportedly want to begin contract talks with defensive lineman Leonard Williams before Thanksgiving.
Last week, prior to the NFL trade deadline, the New York Giants sent a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick to the New York Jets. In exchange, Big Blue received veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams. The 25-year-old is expected to improve a defensive line that’s been rather quiet in 2019.
The issue with Williams, however, is that his current rookie contract expires at the end of this season. If the Giants don’t bring him back, he essentially becomes a rental, something that doesn’t make sense when you’re an underachieving football team.
“We gave up a three and a five,” he said. “Our goal is to sign him long-term. He’s only 25 years old. And obviously talented. He’s a piece you can build around.”
Through seven games with the Jets this season, Williams racked up 20 combined tackles with five quarterback hits. Hill leads the defensive line with 23 tackles, while the rookie Lawrence leads the spot with 2.5 sacks.