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Giants news, 3/22: Adoree’ Jackson visit, Leonard Williams, more

New York Giants headlines for Monday

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Logan Ryan is part of the Giants’ full-court press on free agent cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. Per Art Stapleton, Ryan flew into New Jersey Sunday to have dinner with Jackson.

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Todd France, agent for Kenny Golladay and several other big-name clients, has made quite a bit of money for his clients — and himself — the past few days.

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PFF says “Golladay’s ability to come down with 50-50 balls should provide Jones a boost in his third year with the team. It’s setting up to be a make-or-break year for the former first-round pick out of Duke.”

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When the Giants placed the franchise tag on defensive lineman Leonard Williams, the team was on the hook for $19,351 million, as it was the second straight season the team had done so. But the idea was always to get a longer-term deal done, as placing more than 10% of your salary cap on one defensive lineman is not an ideal scenario. So, on Tuesday, the Giants made it official, signing Williams to a three-year, $63 million contract with a whopping $45 million guaranteed.

Williams has a tolerable $11 million cap hit in 2021, but that pins up to $26.5 million in 2022, and then it levels off to $25.5 million in 2022. If Williams regresses at all, the Giants can’t get out of the deal until the third year; the 2021 dead money hit is $45 million, and it’s still $34 million in 2022. The guaranteed money is the fifth-highest among interior defensive linemen, behind only Aaron Donald, Fletcher Cox, Chris Jones, and DeForest Buckner. Very generous. The good news is that Williams proved last season that he’s a perfect fit in the Giants’ defensive concepts.

Had Williams been selected somewhere in the middle of the first round as opposed to sixth overall by the Jets in the 2015 draft, perhaps there would be a more even-handed assessment of his time with Gang Green. Though he never broke out as the kind of player who would merit that kind of draft capital, he did have a legitimate Pro Bowl season in 2016 with seven sacks, 55 pressures, and 48 stops as a hybrid player who alternated between tackle and end at 6-foot-5 and 302 pounds.

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