Jonah Williams And The Bucs

March 27th, 2023

Bengals OT Jonah Williams.

Bengals left tackle Jonah Williams was the 11th overall pick of the 2019 draft.

He’s often been nagged by injuries . His rookie season was a wash as he was on the physically unable-to-perform list with a bum shoulder.

Williams was placed on injured reserve late in the 2020 season with a knee injury. He missed only one game (Week 17) in 2021 when the Bengals went to the Super Bowl.

This past January in the first round of the playoffs against Baltimore, Williams played about half the game and had to leave with another knee injury. He needed surgery for a dislocated kneecap.

Apparently running out of patience with Williams, the Bengals last month signed free agent left tackle Orlando Brown to a four-year, $64,092,000 contract.

Typically, teams don’t spend $64 million to replace a good player.

Williams, smelling he might be moved to right tackle, declared he would not consider such a move, and now he’s on the trading block.

Some have suggested perhaps the Bucs may be interested since they have an opening for left tackle. Joe doesn’t think this would be smart since, again, the Bengals are replacing him for a reason. Who knows Williams better than Cincinnati?

Then there are his sacks. People stomped their feet and hollered and brayed at the moon because they believed Donovan Smith was a turnstile. He gave up six sacks last season. Williams? Try double that number.

So let’s see, Williams damn near gives up a sack a game and cannot finish a season without his knee or shoulder giving out on him.

An injury-prone turnstile getting worse at 25? No thanks!

36 Responses to “Jonah Williams And The Bucs”

  1. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Better off drafting an OT, IMHO.

  2. garro Says:

    I’ll pass… and this is pointless as we couldnt afford him anyway Joe!

  3. Stanglassman Says:

    The bigger red flag is that he’s refusing to go to the RT and asking to be released. Imagine if Wirfs refused to go the LT and demanded a trade. Never happen. Because he’s a team player with a good attitude.

    Nobody is going to want to pay him the kinda money he’s making. I bet he gets released.

  4. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Stan, as written on this here site, switching from left to right or vice versa is not as simple as it sounds, so I don’t necessarily blame him… Anyway Joe, I was curious about this guy, but after you spelled it out, Ill have to agree and say no thanks as well.

  5. rrsrq Says:

    No thanks, we have been the Bengals way before…

  6. ModHairKen Says:

    An injured, butt hurt OT who gave up 12 sacks? Great!!!!

  7. Kalind Says:

    I like the trade. He’d be dirt cheap as a trade (5th) and I still resigning Donny shouldn’t be out of the question…

  8. Geno711 Says:

    My first question is he and has he been a better left tackle than Donovan Smith. The easy answer to that question is no.

    He is not better and has not been better than Donovan Smith.

    Huge pass.

  9. Geno711 Says:

    Allowed 20 sacks last two seasons with much more mobile, Joe Burrow.

  10. JBBucs_06 Says:

    We’ll PASS.

  11. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Sure. For a reworked contract and no more than a 7th round pick. In other words, no thanks.

  12. Dooley Says:

    Wouldn’t hurt to take a look at Jonah Williams, but the more cap friendly option would be to draft an OT, sign a few UDFA OTs, and let all hands on deck have at it during camp. We are in no position to be just giving starting gigs away on the OL considering we’re fielding positional competitions almost everywhere else on the roster in some capacity.

  13. BucsfanFred Says:

    His fifth year option salary would alone rule him out
    12 sacks last year and a million injuries???
    Why did you even bring him up?

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    Hard time staying healthy. No go.

  15. Allbuccedup Says:

    Pass unless trade a 7th rounder hes really not even worth that.

  16. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    People, Williams does not want to move to RT, not bc it would be a difficult switch – bc of $$$$. RT dont get paid like good LT. In fairness to Williams sack numbers vs Donavan, Burrows holds the ball longer than Brady. Brady made DS look better than he was by TB’s quick release (into the dirt). Who knows what DS’s sack total would be with a QB like Burrow.

    Im in the move Wirfs to LT and draft a RT group. Wirfs is super athletic and I personally do not think the move will be that hard for him. Since it is easier to find a good RT in the draft vs a LT, at #19 we should be able to find a very good RT

  17. Bucsfanman Says:

    I guess with Smith, it just felt like more sacks considering the numerous drive-killing penalties.

    Do we really want an oft-injured, unreliable LT?! I say NO!

  18. Mord Says:

    I’d rather see Licht pick a noob. He’s had some good judgement/success with OL picks, and Jonah Williams is a sort of “known quantity” at this point.

  19. BucsfanFred Says:

    Senor Harry, I agree. The guy doesn’t want to move because of money.

  20. I’m not tired anymore because we just won the Super Bowl! Says:

    Build the o line and d line through the draft then get your QB next year. Go Bucs!

  21. Cindy Irby Says:

    No thanks to someone that has been injured that much… can we not make better choices through the draft?

  22. Browsing from DC Says:

    This should be an easy “pass” on Williams. I’m not a huge fan of drafting then expecting a rookie to step into such an important position and expecting him to perform well, but compared to Williams (and money savings) it’s a better option.

    As for Smith’s “only 6 sacks”, as others have said, without Brady’s league leading quick release that number could easily be doubled or tripled. Lol

    Speaking of LTs named Brown…..I’m still baffled by NE’s Trent Brown. The dude is a giant at 6’8″ and 380 lbs. yet he gave up 8 sacks and had 13 penalties against him. Is he too slow? Is it coaching? He doesn’t seem slow for a guy that big but maybe a little weight loss would be in order? NE has always had very good OL coaching so is he “un-coachable”? I caught a few of his games last season and thought “This guy is a monster!” Then he plays average at best. With a year left on his contract, he’d be a tough piece to trade for. He’s probably better suited for the WWE. Lol

    Back to Williams, if Taylor Lewan is still available and I had to choose an oft-injured LT, between him and Williams, I’d go with the nasty, former Pro Bowler Lewan. You’d have another nasty m.f. on the line to go with Jensen. Lol (both with questionable knees however)

  23. SufferingSince76 Says:

    No way! Best ability is availability. Bucs should have learned that with Hicks.

  24. catcard202 Says:

    As an injury prone left side turnstile, Jonah is best suited for G but insists on being a LT….No Thanks!

    Would rather roll dice on Walton + Draft LT on rookie coin.

  25. SlyPirate Says:

    Was there a rumor we were looking at Jonah?
    I don’t understand the genesis of this story.

    What’s interesting is Smith and Lewan are still on the market. I didn’t think this draft was deep at OT. Guess I’m wrong.

  26. Goatfarmer Says:

    I’d rather have the Dongster than this fraud.

  27. Mike Johnson Says:

    NOPE. This guy has characteristics of a dude named Sweezy we once had. Getting his money for nothing and his chicks for free. Lets think long term and go get that OT with our 1st pick.

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s actually pretty remarkable that Donovan only gave up six sacks all season considering how that idiot Leftwich would put him on an island vs the NFL’s best pass rushers for entire games at a time. Anywho who isn’t an idiot knows that unless you have someone like Wirfs out there, you MUST give them help.

    For example, lets say your LT is going up against Myles Garrett, and they’ve done a good job of keeping them in check all day, but clearly your LT is looking tired at the end of the game. What do you do? A) Do nothing B) Give them help? If you answered A, then you’re an idiot and your name is Leftwich.

    As for Donovan, if his phone isn’t ringing, the Bucs should sneak back into his DM’s and start with the ‘prove it’ 1-year deal stuff. Maybe you can talk him into coming back on the super cheap. I doubt it, but I’d love to have him back on a very affordable deal.

  29. Biff Barker Says:

    Damaged goods who isn’t that good when healthy. Pass. Waste of energy.

  30. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Day 20 of DonnieWatch

  31. CrackerBall Says:

    IMO, we would be better served drafting an OT in Round 1 (Skoronski anyone?) and if Godecke can beat him out at RT – great. If he can’t, that’s OK too because he’d be a fine RT (*even with his 32.25″ arms)

  32. larrd Says:

    There probably aren’t too many teams begging for him at left tackle. Coming out of college they said he could play anywhere on the line, even center, I think. I wouldn’t mind him or Donovan Smith back at right tackle, then draft defense front seven:

    1.Will McDonald IV
    2.Mazi Smith
    3.Karl Brooks
    5.Zack Harrison

  33. Stanglassman Says:

    Leopold- I’m one of the few around here the points that out Wirfs not too excited about switching if indeed that happens. Fans assuming he should want to because he can make more money. Not everyone is motivated by more money especially when they’re already doing fine.

  34. Joe Blow Says:

    Anyone notice Donovan has not been signed…maybe come back at a discount?

  35. unbelievable Says:

    Nope Nope Nope

  36. TOMMY MORDUE Says: