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Inside linebacker Vince Williams re-signed with the Steelers last week on a one-year deal, and we now know how much he'll be making in 2021. According to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, Williams will earn $1.075 million this season, which is the league minimum for a player in his ninth year.
Prior to being released last month as a cap casualty, Williams had a cap hit of $7 million and had a base salary of $4 million, so the veteran linebacker will be making a lot less than what he normally would earn. It was reported that other teams were interested in Williams, but he decided it was best for him to stay in Pittsburgh.
With Williams returning, the Steelers won't have to address the inside linebacker position in the early or mid-rounds of the draft and instead focus on other areas.
Williams has started 69 of 121 games with the Steelers since being drafted in the sixth-round in 2013 out of Florida State. Williams is the only player that's still with the Steelers from the team's 2013 draft class.
In eight years with the Steelers, Williams has recorded 479 total tackles, 333 of them being solos, 50 tackles for losses, 20.5 sacks, 45 quarterback hits, five fumble recoveries, five passes defended and two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six.
Williams also had a career-high in tackles for losses last season with 14, along with three sacks.