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Jets Have Made Official Decision On Quinnen Williams

Quinnen Williams stretches before a game.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 03: Quinnen Williams #95 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 03, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

The deadline for NFL teams to pick up the fifth-year option for former first-round picks from the 2019 draft class is May 2. The New York Jets, however, don't need that much time to figure out how they want to handle Quinnen Williams' contract situation.

On Tuesday, the Jets officially picked up Williams' fifth-year option. He'll make $11.5 million guaranteed during the 2023 season.

This decision isn't very surprising. Jets general manager Joe Douglas said he'd pick up Williams' option while at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"As of right now, we are going to pick up Quinnen's options," Douglas said. "We had that conversation, and I don't think that's really huge news. But we are going to pick up that [fifth-year] option and look, we're excited to have Quinnen. This is going to be Year 2 in a defense that we feel really accentuates his strengths, his positives and looking forward to him coming back and dominate this offseason and have a great year."

Williams had a strong 2021 campaign, racking up 53 combined tackles, 12 quarterback hits, seven tackles for loss, six sacks and three passes defended.

Another year in Robert Saleh's defense should do wonders for Williams.

If Williams has another solid year in New York, he'll most likely receive a long-term extension.