Steelers Extend Vince Williams

After career year, Steelers LB signed for four years

Josh Rowntree
August 23, 2018 - 3:25 pm
Steelers LB Vince Williams at Heinz Field practice in 2018

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Thursday has become signing day for the Steelers.

Shortly after giving kicker Chris Boswell a five-year contract extension, the Steelers inked inside linebacker Vince Williams to a new four-year deal, keeping the 28-year-old in Pittsburgh though 2021. 

Steelers insider Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette reports that the deal is worth $20.6 million over the length of the four years. 

Early in training camp, Williams told reports, “I want to die a Pittsburgh Steeler.”

Williams had a career-high eight sacks in 2017, second only to Cam Heyward. He made 88 tackles, also a career best. 

“I feel like the Rooney family gave me an opportunity to play professional football,” Williams told Steelers.com’s Teresa Varley. “It’s a great culture here. A great fan base.

“I take pride in being in Pittsburgh. It’s a hard-nosed group of individuals who work here. I feel like the people here are no nonsense, hard-working individuals. They are proud people too. I love this place.”

A former sixth-round pick in 2013, Williams has become the primary inside linebacker since Ryan Shazier was injured in December. 

“There have been so many great players that have played for the Steelers, so many great linebackers,” Williams added. “Just the legacy here. The history. It’s so deep and rich. I really feel like I can relate to the people of Pittsburgh.”

He has made 244 total tackles and has 10.5 sacks in his career, to go with an interception and three fumble recoveries through 33 career starts.