The New York Giants will franchise tag defensive lineman Leonard Williams according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The #Giants are expected to franchise tag standout DL Leonard Williams, source said. It’s viewed as a placeholder for a long-term deal, which the two sides will continue to work towards. On the heels of a career year with 11.5 sacks, Leo is back with NYG.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2021
Williams, 26, has played for the Giants for the last year and a half after starting his career with the Jets. He had a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2020. For his career, Williams has 29 sacks and 48 tackles for loss.
The Giants and Williams will still work on a long term deal, but if they can’t reach one, Williams will be paid $19.3 million.
With Williams back on the squad, the Giants will be looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
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