Quinnen Williams and Jets ‘not far apart’ in lucrative contract negotiations

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Quinnen Williams
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Contract negotiations between the New York Jets and first-team All-Pro defensive tackle Quinnen Williams on a long-term extension haven’t gone as quickly as many fans would have hoped. 

That doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen though. 

The former third-overall pick from Alabama is reportedly “not far apart” on a long-term deal that would keep the defensive stalwart with the Jets for the foreseeable future according to the New York Post. 

It’s also a far cry from where the two sides have been in recent months. Williams has repeatedly gone public with his frustration about finding a new deal after several other defensive tackles have inked their own lucrative extensions. Williams has been away from the team through voluntary OTAs while also welcoming a baby girl over the last week alone. 

The Jets have maintained a positive approach throughout the negotiation process with head coach Robert Saleh stating “that thing will get done, and he’ll be here,” during organized practices. Williams is seeking the second highest per-year average in a contract behind Los Angeles defensive standout Aaron Donald. Currently the second highest paid defensive tackle is Jeffrey Simmons of the Tennessee Titans. 

Williams is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Jets and is coming off a career season. As an interior rusher, the Alabama prospect tallied 12 sacks – an unheard of mark for his position, and was a stabilizing force on a  defense that was a top-five unit last year. 

While a deal has not been agreed to just yet, this is the first inkling that the two sides are closer than originally thought just a few weeks ago. 

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