Marcus Williams will be a restricted free agent this year. Connor Hughes reports the Jets will tender him an offer.
After a successful season as a depth piece in 2015, the Jets asked Williams to step into a more prominent role for 2016. It didn’t go all that well, but this is still a move that makes sense for the Jets.
The tender is a one year contract offer that will be relatively inexpensive. Even if Williams never develops into a quality starter, he is a quality role player worth the cheap tender price.
Offering Williams that one year tender will allow the team to match any offer another team makes Williams. Depending on how much the tender is worth, it could entitle the Jets to Draft pick compensation if they do not match another team’s offer. However, offering Williams a tender that would come with Draft pick compensation would likely ensure his return to the team in 2017 as it feels unlikely another team would be willing to part with a pick just to get Williams.