Jets star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is seeking a new contract. Williams has sat out the voluntary portion of the offseason program to date, presumably because players don’t have many other points of leverage when they want a new deal.
Williams has now apparently removed mention of the Jets from his Twitter profile.
#Jets start DT @QuinnenWilliams changed his Twitter bio to: "Defensive tackle for ................"— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) May 15, 2023
His last tweet was an RT of the details for Dexter Lawrence's contract.
(@NFL_DovKleiman noticed this first.) pic.twitter.com/2NzXUKja9d
It isn’t all that uncommon in this day and age to see something like this. Players use their social media accounts to express their discontent over stalled contract negotiations.
I don’t think it’s time to panic just yet. When a negotiation process isn’t moving forward, players tend to get frustrated. At this time of year when there isn’t much other news, these things tend to take on a life of their own. While it is not always true, more often than not these situations are eventually resolved.
A Fox Sports report provides a ballpark estimate of what Williams is seeking from the Jets.
#Jets DT @QuinnenWilliams is seeking between $25M-$30M per year in his upcoming contract, per source. (More than Jeffery Simmons and less than Aaron Donald.)— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) May 15, 2023
"He loves the Jets. He just wants to get paid. Hopefully it doesn't get messy," the source said.
If this report is indeed accurate, it seems like a very reasonable contract demand. Hopefully this is resolved soon so we can focus on the upcoming season.