Leonard Williams trade: Jets’ pondering, what is subsequent


With nine minutes left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Jets-Jaguars game, Leonard Williams broke by way of the line and sacked Gardner Minshew for a 14-yard loss. Then, an official threw a flag for defensive holding on a single of Williams’ teammates.

It was a fitting punctuation mark on Williams’ Jets profession. He normally seemed close to producing a major influence, but it never ever really worked out.

The Jets decided to move on Monday, trading Williams to the Giants for a third-round choose in 2020 and a fifth-round choose in 2021, according to a supply. The fifth-round choose becomes a fourth-rounder if the Giants sign Williams to an extension just before free of charge agency starts subsequent year. The Jets also chipped $four million of Williams’ remaining salary this year, which is about $7 million.

This was a substantial move for very first-year basic manager Joe Douglas, who was hired in June and is only starting to reshape the roster. By trading Williams, he gets rid of yet another a single of the acquisitions of his predecessor, Mike Maccagnan. Gradually, but certainly, Maccagnan’s draft picks and signings are becoming jettisoned from 1 Jets Drive.

The move tends to make a ton of sense for the 1-six Jets, who should concentrate on 2020 and the future with this season currently down the tubes. Williams is scheduled to be a free of charge agent right after this season, and the Jets had been not interested in spending major bucks to preserve him. Williams is anticipated to command a lot more than $10 million per season. With so quite a few roster holes, Douglas could not commit to spending that on Williams even even though he was a single of the Jets’ much better players.

Leonard Williams
Leonard WilliamsBill Kostroun/New York Post

The Jets had been actively speaking to teams about Williams for weeks. The Giants produced the greatest give, and right after final-ditch attempts to get a lot more elsewhere, the Jets took the deal.

Now, the query is regardless of whether Douglas is performed dealing just before Tuesday’s four p.m. trade deadline.

The Jets are prepared to trade wide receiver Robby Anderson, who also is slated to grow to be a free of charge agent, according to sources.

Obtaining worth for Anderson will be trickier. He is viewed by some in the NFL as a a single-trick pony, unable to be something other than a deep threat. He also has had off-field concerns. The Jets are not seeking to just give away Anderson. With Adam Gase’s offense sputtering, the coach certainly does not want to shed his greatest receiver.

Whilst Anderson’s future remains murky, Williams is heading across town. This is the very first time the Jets and Giants completed a trade. Douglas has now produced bargains with the Patriots (Demaryius Thomas) and the Giants this season, displaying he does not care about producing trades with the Jets’ rivals.

Williams was Maccagnan’s very first draft choose in 2015. The Jets had been thrilled when Williams, who quite a few draft gurus named the greatest player in the draft, fell to them at No. six. Even even though they currently had fantastic depth on the defensive line with Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison, the Jets pounced on the opportunity to add Williams.

The 25-year-old will be remembered as a disappointment with the Jets. He was a strong run stuffer, but never ever seemed to be capable to get to the quarterback. Williams had 17 sacks in four ½ years with the Jets and just two in his final 18 games. He had no sacks this season (right after that a single Sunday got wiped out by the penalty.)

The present and former Jets coaching staffs normally defended Williams, saying he drew double teams and did dirty operate that did not show up in the boxscore. That may well be accurate, but it did not satisfy Jets fans who hoped Williams would be their Aaron Donald.

Williams is the most current very first-round choose to not final with the Jets. The only very first-round picks remaining on the roster are Jamal Adams (2017), Sam Darnold (2018) and Quinnen Williams (2019). Wilkerson is the final very first-round choose to sign an extension with the Jets and that blew up in their faces.

The trade also closes the book on the 2015 draft class. None of the six draft picks stay on the roster. The Jets have only 3 players drafted just before 2016 remaining on their roster — Bilal Powell (2011), Brian Winters (2013) and Quincy Enunwa (2014).

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