Jonah Williams expressed frustration with the Cincinnati Bengals’ decision to sign Orlando Brown Jr.
last season, leading to a shift in his role from the incumbent left tackle to the right side of the offensive line.
Despite initially seeking a trade in response to the acquisition, Williams later adapted and performed exceptionally well at right tackle throughout the 2023 season.
Williams’ versatility and consistent performance make him a sought-after target in free agency this offseason.
Notably, he played in all 17 games for the first time in the past season and participated in 100 percent of the offensive snaps, showcasing durability after recovering from knee injuries, including one that sidelined him for a significant portion of the playoffs just a year prior.
As a first-round pick in 2019, Williams may not have reached the lofty expectations of becoming a perennial All-Pro, but he has developed into a top-tier pass protector without compromising on run plays.
Despite facing knee issues, which contributed to a PFF grade of 61.2 in 2022, and a position switch alongside quarterback instability resulting in a career-low 58.5 grade in the past season, the 26-year-old lineman has proven his capabilities.
If Williams secures a contract to play left tackle for the 2024 season and beyond, there is a strong likelihood he returns to his previous form.
In such a scenario, his estimated market value of $14.9 million per year, as projected by Spotrac, would be considered a bargain.
This could be especially beneficial for a cash-strapped team with aspirations like the New York Jets, desperately in need of offensive line upgrades, if they manage to secure his services in the open market.