Williams' $32M deal puts him among highest paid non-rushing linebackers

Updated: September 7, 2008, 3:00 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

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The Denver Broncos locked up their most important free agent, reaching a five-year, $32 million deal with linebacker D.J Williams on Saturday.

The deal includes $13 million in guarantees. The contract, which will be signed Sunday, is significant because Williams isn't considered a pass-rusher.

In fact, Williams received, according to a source, the fourth-best contract given to a linebacker who is not known for pass rushing. He ranks with the likes of Lofa Tatupu of the Seattle Seahawks and Keith Bullock of the Tennessee Titans among the highest-paid non-pass rushing linebackers.

A former first-round pick, Williams is now signed through 2013.

ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer