Petty detail in historic $177 million contract signed by NFL star

The best offensive lineman in NFL free agency isnโ€™t going anywhere.

Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams agreed to a monster six-year, $177 million (AUD) deal to stay with the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN reported Thursday.

The deal, which includes $71 million in guaranteed money, makes Williams the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. But only just.

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The 32-year-old negotiated his contract so that it’s average annual value (AAV) was $29.51 million (AUD), marginally better than the $29.5 million AAV of the contract Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari signed late last year.

Bakhtiari good-naturedly called the move “petty as f***”.

@TrentW71 you petty AF ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Congrats on the deal and history Silverback. Very deserving. Excited to see you continue to do ๐Ÿฆ things.

Williams had other suitors, including the Chiefs and the Bears, but stayed with the team he started 14 games for in 2020.

Williams was traded to San Francisco during the 2020 NFL Draft after a messy divorce from the then-Washington Redskins, who placed him on the non-football injury list in 2019 after a cancer diagnosis and refused to pay the rest of his salary. Williams stated his distrust of the team and their medical staff led to the trade request.

Trent Williams will be protecting the blind side of Jimmy Garoppolo โ€“ or whichever quarterback ends up behind centre in San Francisco. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

He returned to form in 2020, appearing in his eighth Pro Bowl and finishing as the highest-graded left tackle by PFF. His reward is a deal that will take him into his age-38 season.

The 49ers also signed former Falcons centre Alex Mack, according to NFL Network, further bolstering their offensive line with another Pro Bowler.

— New York Post

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