Leonard Williams Says If Giants Don’t Offer Him Top-tier Money, He’ll Hit Free Agency

The Giants traded a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Jets for Leonard Williams on October 28th.

They haven’t won a game since acquiring him and Williams hasn’t done much statistically.

Williams is in the final year of the deal he signed after the Jets selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft.

He believes he deserves to be paid like an elite interior defensive lineman. And if the Giants don’t pay him, he’s prepared to hit the open market.

“If I don’t think they’re giving me what I think I’m worth, then obviously I think hitting free agency would make sense,” Williams told NJ.com. “Everything is going to have to match up. I definitely think I’m a top-tier interior defensive lineman, in that top percentage of the d-linemen. I wouldn’t say Aaron Donald [level]. But I would definitely put myself up there with a lot of those other top guys.”

Williams has registered zero sacks this season.

The Giants have exclusive negotiating rights with Williams until March 16. If they reach an agreement, the 2021 fifth-round pick the Giants sent to the Jets becomes a 2021 fourth-rounder.

Full list of 2020 free agents can be found HERE.

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