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Avery Williamson Explains Why He Joined the Jets


As soon as free agency began Avery Williamson agreed to terms with the New York Jets, at the time contract details were unclear but they have since been released.

Williamson bet on himself and turned down a 4-year $12 million extension from the Titans, wanting to see what his value was in an open market.

It was a good decision for Williamson’s bank account as he earned a 3-year contract worth $22,500,000 with $16 million guaranteed from the Jets. He received a $2,000,000 signing bonus and will receive a similar bonus at the start of the league year for the next two seasons.

It was a great signing for the Jets as Williamson ranks as one of the best tacklers in the league with just 14 missed tackles since 2016.

Williamson was very honest when asked why he chose to join the Jets by Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, “They had the better deal, at the end of the day, it’s definitely about playing a sport that you love, but you’ve got to make sure that you can benefit financially from it. … The Jets had the better deal.”

The former Kentucky star admits he didn’t pay too much attention to the Jets last season but he says “Everything I’ve been hearing is really good, a lot of positive stuff. … The team is definitely headed in the right direction. I’m going to be joining a solid defense … a hungry defense.”

Williamson also spoke with Jets senior reporter Eric Allen to discuss his arrival and the upcoming season. Check out the full interview below.



Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

8 Comments for Avery Williamson Explains Why He Joined the Jets

  1. henderblue
    7:41 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Down goes the dookies. And several theories about how much better Kryghfrski would do with one and dones

  2. Mathlete
    7:53 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Woot!! Anyone but Duke wins!

  3. 4everUKblue
    8:01 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    But Slater said dUKe was going to win and he’s NEVER wrong….lol

  4. Bull Filmer
    8:02 pm March 25, 2018 Permalink

    Eli, I am not sure I understand the headline, “Avery Williamson’s Explains Why He Joined the Jets”.

    It does not seem to read correctly.

    It’s a headline.

    Should it not read accordingly: “Avery Williamson Explains Why He Joined the Jets”?

    • BBNDan7
      9:04 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Did you or did you not still understand what he was saying tho…..

  5. Alleykat16
    9:50 am March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Good for him glad to see former UK players taking care of business. It shows the younger kids that coming here could make you better and send them to NFL that the coaching staff knows how to coach

  6. notFromhere
    10:08 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Great for Williamson! Always glad to see the workers get paid.