Giants forced into Leonard Williams contract decision they hoped to avoid


The Giants cut into their future budget just to get out of salary cap hell this season.

Despite general manager Joe Schoen saying he wanted to do everything possible to avoid this situation, the Giants were left with no choice Tuesday but to restructure defensive lineman Leonard Williams’ contract in order to get under the salary cap before Wednesday’s deadline.

The Giants converted nearly $18 million of Williams’ $19 million salary for this season into a signing bonus and added a void year to his contract, which allows the salary-cap charges to be evenly distributed over three seasons. So, Williams’ new cap hits are $15.3 million for 2022 (instead of $27.3 million), $32.3 million for 2023 (instead of $26.3 million) and $6 million for 2024 even though his deal is up by then.

Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was another candidate for a restructured deal.

“We’ll get where we need to get where we can get through the season,” Schoen said last week. “But the situation’s the situation. It’s the hand we were dealt, and we’re going to do the best we can with what we have.”

Leonard Williams (right) greets Brian Daboll at Giants practice on Aug. 5, 2022.
Robert Sabo

Not much changes for Williams, who will receive the same amount of cash over the life of his contract – just sooner than expected.

In most cases, a restructure like this one makes it more difficult to cut the player in the future because it raises dead-cap charges and thus the player becomes more secure. But the Giants cut cornerback James Bradberry this season after twice restructuring his deal for cap space last season.

The Giants are flush with cap space in 2023 – about $49.4 million after the Williams restructure, which is the fifth-highest amount in the NFL, according to But that doesn’t mean that Williams is completely safe from cuts next season because the Giants could get out of his bloated $32.3 million charge – fourth-highest among non-quarterbacks – by taking on more dead money.  

Williams’ situation can be easily traced back to a controversial trade with the Jets during October 2019.

Leonard Williams pressures Sam Darnold on Oct. 25, 2021.
Leonard Williams pressures Sam Darnold on Oct. 25, 2021.
Robert Sabo

In the middle of a lost season, the Giants lost all future negotiation leverage with Williams by trading two draft picks for him just months before he was scheduled to hit free agency. They were forced to use the franchise tag on him off of an underwhelming season in which he produced a half-sack, which in turn set up paying top dollar (three years, $63 million) in a tense negotiation to keep him from free agency after Williams blew up with a career-high 11 sacks in 2020.

The terms of Williams’ restructure were first reported Tuesday by The Athletic and ESPN.



Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! Vigour Times is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave a comment
Enable Notifications OK No thanks