This is not the first time members of the Jets beat have contradicted each other, so it remains to be seen how this situation will play out.
Mehta says the Jets have been proactive in negotiations as opposed to just listening to offers for Williams, which GM Joe Douglas has said he’s always willing to do for any player.
The Jets aren’t asking for a first-round pick in return for the former No. 3 overall pick in 2019, per Mehta. They are, however, looking to get back multiple picks and won’t let go of the second-year lineman for just a second-round pick.
Trading Williams would indicate the Jets view their situation as a serious rebuild project, and Williams hasn’t shown enough to a front office that didn’t draft him to be considered a part of that.
Williams, 22, was selected by the Jets with the No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama in the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $32,529,380 rookie contract that includes $21,677,732 signing bonus.
Williams is set to make a base salary of $585,000 for the 2020 season. His contract also includes a fifth-year option for the Jets to potentially pick up.
In 2020, Williams has appeared in seven games for the Jets and recorded 28 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 37 interior defender out of 122 qualifying players.
We’ll have more on Williams as the news is available.