Leonard Williams signs contract with New York Jets

Leonard Williams signs contract with New York Jets
New York Jetsdefensive lineman Leonard Williams participates in drills during rookie minicamp in Florham Park, N.J., on Saturday. (Rich Schultz / Associated Press)

Three seasons of hard work at USC paid off for Leonard Williams on Friday.

The former Trojans defensive lineman signed a contract with the New York Jets after his first rookie-camp practice with the team.

The deal is worth $18.6 million over four years and includes an $11.8-million signing bonus, ESPN's Rich Cimini reported.

Williams was the team's final draft pick to sign a contract.

"I wanted to keep thinking about my install and getting better on the field," Williams told reporters Saturday.

The Jets selected Williams sixth overall in last week's NFL draft.

The 6-foot-5, 302-pound Williams had 9-½ tackles for losses, including seven sacks, in his final season at USC.

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