Report: Jets DE Leonard Williams Could Be Available Via Trade

Mike Maccagnan is no longer in New York and Adam Gase is running the show for the time being.

Former first-rounder Darron Lee was traded last week and another first-rounder finds himself in trade rumors.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, there’s talk in league circles that Gase could be looking to move on from former No. 6 overall pick Leonard Williams.

The Jets exercised their fifth-year option on Williams’ contract before the 2018 season. He’s due to make a guaranteed $14.2M in 2019 and is scheduled to be a free agent after the season.

Cimini mentions that the Jets could franchise tag Williams after the season or execute a tag-and-trade, like the Seahawks did with Frank Clark and the Chiefs did with Dee Ford. At this point and time, a long-term deal with the Jets does not seem likely. 

The Jets drafted Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 overall pick and handed out a 3-year, $25M contract to Henry Anderson this offseason. Will Gase want to put more money into the D-line by giving a large extension to Leonard Williams or will he move on from another one of Maccagnan’s guys? Only time will tell. This situation is one to watch as we get closer to football season.

Last season, Williams played in all 16 games and recorded 42 tackles and five sacks.

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