The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed a new three-year, $20 million contract extension with linebacker Vince Williams, which will keep Williams under contract through the 2021 season, according to Football Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Williams has shown significant growth for the Steelers, transitioning from a late-round pick in 2013 and part-time starter to the team's most productive blitzer and lead inside linebacker in the absence of Ryan Shazier. In 2017, Williams was second on the team with eight sacks and tied for second with 89 tackles. Last offseason, the team signed Williams to a two-year deal with plans for him to replace Lawrence Timmons. A year later, they are signing him again.
“I feel like the Rooney family gave me an opportunity to play professional football,” Williams said, via the team. “It’s a great culture here. A great fan base. I take pride in being in Pittsburgh. It’s a hard-nosed group of individuals who work here. I feel like the people here are no nonsense, hard-working individuals. They are proud people too. I love this place.” "There have been so many great players that have played for the Steelers, so many great linebackers. Just the legacy here. The history. It's so deep and rich. I really feel like I can relate to the people of Pittsburgh."Vince Williams Jersey .
Williams set a single-season career high with eight sacks last season, ranking second on the team in that category. He started all 16 games last year, finishing with 88 tackles, also a single-season high.
Williams, who was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth-round in 2013, has started 33 games with 244 tackles, 183 of them solo stops, 10.5 sacks, 22 tackles for losses, three fumble recoveries and an interception.