Leonard Williams is one of the biggest names on the NFL trading block. The Jets have said in the past that they aren’t trading him, but no long-term contract extension has been agreed upon as of yet. If they can’t make some progress soon, they may consider trading the good, young defensive lineman. Here are 5 potential trade destinations for Leonard Williams.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have to do something about their defense, especially because the offense won’t be as productive without Pat Mahomes for the next few weeks. Their defense allows 22.6 points per game and the third-most rushing yards per game. Getting an impact player like Williams could be the key to go deep in the playoffs once again.
Williams is versatile to play in either a four or three man front, which means the Chiefs can go after him. Star defensive lineman Chris Jones is week to week with an injury, so Williams and he could create a dynamic duo when he returns. Kansas City will likely be near the bottom of the draft order, but could move some picks for Williams.
2. Oakland Raiders
Oakland has done better than most expected this season, as they are 3-4 on the season. If they really want to make a push for the playoffs, they should acquire more talent, specifically on the defensive side of the ball. Their defense allows 27.4 points per game and with Williams would be more competitive.
The Raiders have the draft capital to make a move for this year and are already reportedly in the mindset of buying at the trade deadline rather than selling. With two first-round picks, the Raiders could use one to get Williams, who is still very young at 25-years-old. Williams could help the young team grow, while still playing in his prime for the team.
3. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay has a much better defense than in past years and their offense is starting to come together. They look like a dangerous team that is capable of winning a Super Bowl. One area they could improve is on the defensive front. They allow 123.8 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 24th in the league. Getting Williams would make a solid defense better.
The Packers should take a risk to get Williams. They are 7-1 this season and with a better run defense, could come out of the NFC and make the Super Bowl. Williams will likely want to go to a competing team and Green Bay could even sign him to a long term deal to help the team into the future. The only question now is whether or not the Packers would want to pay the price for Williams.
4. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have done much better than expected without Andrew Luck and are now in the thick of the AFC South race. Their offense controls the line of scrimmage and their defense battles, allowing 21.2 points per game. At 5-2, they could decide to give their team a boost before the playoff push.
A trade for Williams makes sense for a few reasons. The Colts could use another defensive tackle next to Denico Autry to make their defensive line better. He will improve the run defense a lot, which is good because the Colts rank in the bottom half of the league against the run. They also have a lot of cap space, so they could sign him to an extension to keep him a Colt for the years to come.