Leonard Williams is the anchor for the Giants’ defensive front
The New York Giants wanted to make sure that defensive lineman Leonard Williams wouldn’t leave in free agency that they slapped him with the franchise tag which put them in a bad position when the market opened up.
Of course the Giants were able to sign Williams to a three-year, $63 million deal that freed up additional money to bring in guys like Kenny Golladay.
Giants’ assistant general manager Kevin Abrams says that Williams was their top free agent this offseason.
“He would have been our top free agent this year,” Abrams said during the Giants’ 2021 Town Hall. “We had him on our free agency board. We graded the entire league and Leonard was the top guy on our free agency board. He would have been target No. 1 for us.”
It sounds like Williams and his agents wanted to make sure he didn’t end up anywhere else.
“It was a good negotiation. The agents were very good to work with, they were interactive, which isn’t always the case as players get closer and closer to free agency. Sometimes they become a little harder to reach as they get closer to free agency, but these guys remained involved,” Abrams told reporters during a pre-draft Zoom conference earlier this week. “Leonard clearly wanted to be here and we clearly wanted him here. It took a while to establish what was a fair spot within the market from both perspectives, but eventually we got there.”
Keeping Williams was huge for the Giants, but now they need to get him some help within the front seven by adding another inside linebacker, edge rusher and/or a defensive tackle in the 2021 NFL Draft next week.
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