Getting a deal done with Williams before Week 17 would have helped San Francisco’s cap situation. Fowler says Williams remains the team’s clear top priority as they head toward free agency.
Williams secured a no-tag clause from the 49ers earlier this year, so there’s nothing stopping him from hitting the open market if he so chooses.
Williams, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Redskins back in 2010. He currently in the final year of his five-year, $66 million contract that includes $43.25 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $12.5 million for the 2020 season.
After San Francisco traded for Williams, the expectation is that the two sides will allow the 2020 season to play out before evaluating a potential extension. Williams is in line to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
In 2020, Williams has appeared in 14 games for the 49ers at left tackle, making 14 starts for them. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 1 tackle out of 83 qualifying players.
We have him included in our Top 50 – 2021 Free Agents list.