Steelers sign LB Vince Williams to lucrative extension

By Vincent Frank
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There’s an Oprah GIF for what we’re seeing out of Pittsburgh on Thursday. Everyone gets an extension.

Okay, that might be a bit of an overreaction. But general manager Kevin Colbert and the Steelers are certainly taking care of business.

Fresh off making Chris Boswell the highest-paid kicker in the NFL, Pittsburgh has signed starting linebacker Vince Williams to a new four-year contract through the 2021 campaign.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the new four-year deal will pay Williams north of $20 million. Previously set to become a free agent after the 2018 season, this adds three more years on to Williams’ deal and will give him a raise of $4 million for this coming season.

A sixth-round pick out of Florida State back in 2013, Williams has morphed into a solid player and a team leader on defense over the past few seasons. Last year alone, the linebacker recorded 88 tackles and a career-high eight sacks in what was a Pro Bowl caliber performance.

Needless to say, this raise is well deserved.