The New York Giants are handing the franchise tag to a former first-round pick defensive lineman.

The team announced Monday defensive tackle Leonard Williams was tagged.

Williams was a midseason pickup in the 2019 season, acquiring him from the Jets in exchange for two draft picks.

The franchise tag essentially is a guaranteed one-year deal with the team unless his signs with another team by July 15. If Williams signs with another team before then, the Giants would receive two draft picks as compensation.

Williams will make $15.5 million under the tag, according to

The big defensive lineman was picked sixth overall by the Jets in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has recorded 266 tackles, 17.5 sacks, three forced fumbles in his career to date.

Still, $15.5 million seems like a lot to pay to a lineman who recorded his lowest sack total (0.5 sacks) and second-lowest tackle total (42) in his career so far.

The last Giants player to be tagged was defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in 2015.

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