The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed linebacker Vince Williams to a contract extension on Tuesday.
We have signed LB Vince Williams to a new three-year contract. pic.twitter.com/xM0HKfbxg2
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 23, 2016
Williams, who was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Florida State, was entering the final year of his rookie contract. He was scheduled to earn $675,000 in 2016.
After Williams posted the tweet below, Steelers PR man Burt Lauten congratulated him.
New contract who this? ???
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) August 23, 2016
Williams, who has made 13 starts during his first three years for the Steelers, will now likely be a full-time starter in 2017. He has recorded 142 total tackles and a half sack in the 47 regular season games that he’s played in.
With Williams now signed past 2016, it’s looking like the team will indeed allow veteran inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons to test free agency next March. Timmons, who has said several times over the course of the last year that he’d like to end his career right where it started, is entering the final year of his current contract.
No financial details of Williams’ new contract have been released as of yet.