A day after moving into first place in the NFC West, the Seahawks made a big move ahead of the trade deadline to strengthen an already talented defense, agreeing to terms on a trade with the New York Giants for former Pro-Bowl defensive end Leonard Williams.
In exchange for Williams, the Seahawks will send to the Giants their 2024 second-round pick, as well as a fifth-round pick in 2025. While the Seahawks give up their second-round pick next year, they do have an extra third-rounder acquired in a trade with Denver made during the 2023 draft.
Williams, a former No. 6 overall pick out of USC, is in his ninth season in the NFL, starting his career with the Jets in 2015 before being traded to the Giants during the 2019 season.
Williams adds to a Seahawks defensive line that was overhauled during the offseason, with Seattle signing Jarran Reed, Dre'Mont Jones and Mario Edwards Jr. in free agency and adding Cameron Young and Mike Morris, who is on injured reserve, via the draft.
In Seattle, Williams will be reunited with former defensive teammates from his time with both the Jets and Giants, safety Jamal Adams, who was also the No. 6 overall pick two years after Williams, and safety Julian Love, who spent his first four seasons with the Giants before signing with the Seahawks this offseason.
Williams, 29, has started seven of eight games played this season, recording 21 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed and five quarterback hits. Williams earned Pro-Bowl honors in 2016 when he had 7.0 sacks, 68 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 19 quarterback hits, and over the course of 132 games, he has 39.5 sacks, 59 tackles for loss and 162 quarterback hits. In 2020, his first full season with the Giants, Williams had career-highs in sacks (11.5), tackles for loss (14) and quarterback hits (30).
Leonard Williams was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the New York Jets where he played three and a half seasons before being traded to the New York Giants. Check out some of the best photos from Williams' career so far.