Quinnen Williams is completely perplexed.
News of what Troy Aikman said during the “Monday Night Football” broadcast finally reached the New York Jets defensive lineman, and Williams vehemently denied it on Wednesday.
When reporters asked Williams about the remarks, he not only denied ever saying them, but added that he had never spoken to Aikman. Williams, who signed a four-year, $96 million contract extension this offseason, said The athleteIt’s to Zack Rosenblatt’s credit that he had no idea where Aikman got that quote.
Williams continued, saying it was “strange” and “disturbing” for the Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN commentator to do this.
Quinnen Williams said he has never spoken to Troy Aikman, so he doesn’t know where the quote about him being the “most expensive bait” came from. Williams said it was “disturbing” and “strange” that Aikman attributed that quote to him. #Jets
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) November 8, 2023
This all started during the Jets’ game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Amid the 27-6 loss, Aikman spoke about how the New York coaching staff needs to find a better way to use Williams.
He came into the season following his first-team All-Pro selection thanks to a career-high 12 sacks in 2022. Through the first nine weeks of this season, Williams has only recorded a measly half a sack.
This prompted Aikman to recall a conversation he had with Williams before the game.
“He calls himself the highest-paid lock in football,” Aikman said during the broadcast.
Concluding his interview with reporters, Williams reiterated both his commitment to the Jets and the team’s shared goal.
“It’s a team sport,” Williams said. “I just want to help the team win.”