The Jets have officially picked up DL Leonard Williams' fifth-year option, keeping Williams with the team through 2019 at least.
Williams, 23, the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, will make $14.2 million in 2019, assuming he's considered a defensive end. If they try to say he's a defensive tackle, the contract will be $11.4 million, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. The contract becomes fully guaranteed next March.
"It's definitely time to step up and take it to the next level," Williams said last week via Vacchiano. "That comes with a lot. It's just not my play on the field. It comes with my leadership, how I approach work, how much time I'm putting in outside of the mandatory hours into my craft, into my game."
Over his first three years in the league, Williams has started 47 of a possible 48 games while registering 178 tackles, 12 sacks and one interception.
The deadline to pick up fifth-year options for the 2015 draft class is May 2. Williams joins the likes of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston to have already had their options picked up.