Source – Jets have signed former Chargers WR Mike Williams to a 1-year deal

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The New York Jets agreed to terms with former Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams on Tuesday, supplying quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a new pass-catcher, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

According to sources, the 29-year-old Williams will sign a one-year contract with a maximum value of $15 million.

The Jets moved into free agency to upgrade at the position opposite Garrett Wilson, a 1,000-yard receiver in his first two seasons. Since 2018, Williams leads the NFL with 15.8 yards per reception among players with at least 200 catches, but he comes with some durability questions.

Williams tore his ACL in Week 3 of last season, causing him to miss the remainder of the year. In 2022, he missed four games, including the Chargers’ playoff loss. But from 2018 to 2021, he missed only three games. The Jets are taking some risks, but they feel Williams’ size (6-foot-4) and field-stretching ability will add a different dimension to the offense.

The Chargers waived Williams after seven seasons because his cap charge was $32.5 million. He was to receive a non-guaranteed $17 million base salary in the final year of a three-year, $60 million deal.

Williams, taken seventh overall in 2017, was scheduled to take free agent visits to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers. The Chargers also expressed interest in bringing him back.

His best year was 2021, when he set career highs for receptions (76) and receiving yards (1,146). He also scored nine touchdowns in 2020, clicking with quarterback Justin Herbert after an up-and-down first year.

In Williams, the Jets see someone who can be a factor in the red zone and win contested balls. According to Pro Football Focus, in 2022, he recorded a 57% catch rate on contested passes, 11th best among wide receivers.

Rodgers, who is also recovering from a major injury, now has a receiving corps that features Wilson and Williams on the outside, and Xavier Gipson in the slot. Wilson and Williams are versatile players and can also play inside.

Alan Lazard’s role is uncertain. After signing a four-year, $44 million contract, he made only 23 catches and was dismissed during a disappointing first season in New York. Lazard, who played with Rodgers in Green Bay, will likely return because his $10 million salary is fully guaranteed.

Williams has never made a Pro Bowl. In seven seasons, he has 309 catches for 4,806 yards and 31 touchdowns.

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