Dalvin Tomlinson and Leonard Williams are the core of the Giants’ d-line
With defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson and Leonard Williams both hitting free agency this offseason it seems like it will be impossible for the New York Giants to keep both players.
Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum was a guest on Big Blue View’s “Valentine’s Views’” podcast and said that there is a way to keep both Tomlinson and Williams with quarterback Daniel Jones on a rookie contract.. But if they can’t figure out how to keep both they will likely try to only re-sign Williams.
“Leonard Williams has played well since going through the unusual journey of Jets to Giants. He impacts the game,” Tannenbaum said via BBV. “He gets doubled a lot … sometimes for defensive linemen it’s hard to quantify what someone’s production is beyond the sacks. He’s a great example of it. I see him as a young, ascending player with pass rush ability who draws a double team.”
Tannenbaum believes that keeping both Tomlinson and Williams would be a good idea.
“They have a lot of holes on this team, we all know that. To say we’re going to fortify the defensive line, I think that’s a great place to start,” Tannenbaum said.
“While Tom Brady got the headlines, when you look at Tampa Bay, they had a really deep defensive line. To keep both to me is not out of the question.”
I agree with Tannenbaum that the Giants should prioritize bringing Williams back because Tomlinson is more of a run defender and it’s not that difficult to find another player like him. Whereas, the skills that Williams brings to table aren’t easy to find.
It would be nice for New York could keep both players but they have to many other holes to fill.