Leonard Williams is trying to protect his value
With New York Giants’ defensive lineman Leonard Williams getting ready to hit the open market as a free agent, he’s filed a grievance with the NFLPA because he wants to be labeled as a defensive end and not a defensive tackle.
The reason for this is that defensive end’s have a higher monetary value as NFL players and that will help him earn a higher salary if the New York Giants end up deciding to use the franchise tag on him. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN did a good job of explaining the situation.
I think Williams has a case because he did just rack up 11.5 sacks. Defensive tackles don’t put up that kind of production. It will be interesting to see whether or not he wins his grievance.
One thing is certain and that is that the Giants likely won’t be using the franchise tag on Williams because whether he’s considered a defensive tackle or defensive end, they won’t be able to afford his one year salary.