The Denver Broncos reportedly will not pick up the 5th-year option on 2013 first round pick Sylvester Williams, who showed great improvement in 2015…
According to multiple reports (first by Troy Renck) the Denver Broncos will not be picking up the fifth-year option on 2013 first round pick Sylvester Williams…
The decision to decline the fifth-year option for the Broncos is not indicative of their intent to possibly re-sign Williams to an extension at some point.
Williams has been steadily improving for the Broncos over the last couple of seasons, and could be in line for his best yet in his second year under Bill Kollar and Wade Phillips. The price to retain him at his fifth-year option price would have been just under $7 million.
While we’d all love to have the assurance that Williams or any player on the team who plays well isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, the Broncos have to make sure they’re being responsible with every asset they have and that number is simply too high for a nose tackle in today’s NFL market.
At a maximum, I would see Williams making around $5 million per season, and I don’t think it’ll even be that much. The Broncos also need to take into account that Williams will already be 28 in November. Any sort of long-term deal will have the future in mind, so they might look to re-sign him to a three or four year contract at some point.
However, the Broncos also have players like Von Miller, Brandon Marshall, and Emmanuel Sanders to cater to, contract-wise.
Williams finished last season with 25 tackles and a career-high three sacks.