The Giants traded with the Jets for pending free agent Leonard Williams with an eye on locking him up long-term. And Williams said Wednesday that it's something he's open to -- even if the Giants want to explore it before the season ends.
"There hasn't been any talk yet, but I'm assuming that's something that is gonna be talked about soon or at the end of the season," Williams said after his first practice as a Giant. "They knew that it was my contract year. Everyone pretty much knows it. But at the same time, I still have stuff to prove to this team as well."
"I'd definitely be open to it if it comes up," Williams said about getting something done before the end of the season.
The 25-year-old Williams is in the final year of his rookie deal.
With Big Blue's cap situation clearing significantly after the season, they should be able to easily fit an extension for Williams under their budget. So how much could he cost?
Several agents and NFL executives told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that Williams' worth could be in the range of roughly $10-12 million per season, but cautioned that he'd likely ask for more than that. Many of the agents and executives Vacchiano spoke to believe Williams will be looking for a deal worth roughly $75 million over five years, with $20 million guaranteed.
Saying deadline day was "emotional" and "long," Williams added that he was "privileged and grateful to the Giants for giving me the chance to come play here. It's been an easier transition since I'm close by. ... I have a lot to prove to this team and to my teammates."
Williams noted that he initially didn't think the Giants would be the team trading for him, but that his agent gave him a heads up about Big Blue's interest the day before the deal went down.
"It wasn't totally off guard," Williams said. "Everyone has heard the rumors and talks about trading and the deadline coming up. So I definitely prepared myself mentally for it. I try and take emotions completely out of the situation."
Williams said his new coaches talked to him about his versatility, and kept repeating how it's up to him to prove himself to the Giants.
"This team definitely showed interest and wanted to go out of their way to get me over here," he said. "I think it speaks volumes on this team wanting me here. I have to prove to them why they should want me here."