Leonard Williams Contract

Williams, Leonard Austin, was born on June 20, 1994, and he plays defensive tackle for the New York Giants of the NFL (NFL). His new team, the New York Jets, picked him up in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the sixth overall pick. At USC, he participated in college football.

Contract

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman knew he had to make a splashy move by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET if the team was going to stay under the $208.2 million salary cap. According to Field Yates, the Giants have reworked defensive lineman Leonard Williams’ contract.

This was the clearest decision for GM Joe Schoen to make since Williams’ cap hits of $27.3 million this season and $26.3 million next season were prohibitive. According to Yates, the Giants are paying Williams $17.88 million in signing bonus money out of his 2022 basic salary of $19 million. They are also including a gap year, 2024. According to Yates’ calculations, the transaction frees up $11.92 million in cap space.

The Giants started the day $6.692 million over the salary cap, the worst in the NFL. As of Tuesday morning, Over The Cap showed that the Los Angeles Rams ($739,997) were the only other team to be in the red.

When asked about potential salary cap solutions earlier this offseason, Schoen replied that contract restructuring was a “last resort.” Williams and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson both had to have their contracts renegotiated by the Giants. Moreover, they had no choice but to waive cornerback James Bradberry and convince veteran wide receiver Sterling Shepard to take a pay reduction in order to keep him on the team.

To the tune of $5.22M, the Giants should now be under the salary cap following this transaction. The Giants will likely need more salary cap space to operate in 2022 than this would provide. According to OTC, the Giants have an accumulated dead cap value of $42.677 million.

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Career

The Giants started the day $6.692 million over the salary cap, the worst in the NFL. As of Tuesday morning, Over The Cap showed that the Los Angeles Rams ($739,997) were the only other team to be in the red.

When asked about potential salary cap solutions earlier this offseason, Schoen replied that contract restructuring was a “last resort.” Williams and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson both had to have their contracts renegotiated by the Giants. They had no choice but to cut cornerback James Bradberry and negotiate a salary cut with veteran wideout Sterling Shepard in order to keep him on the squad.

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To the tune of $5.22M, the Giants should now be under the salary cap following this transaction. That probably won’t be enough money to keep the Giants afloat for the entire 2022 season, so expect more cap-related changes to come. According to OTC, the Giants have a dead cap of $42.677 million.

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