You wouldn't do six or seven because he wouldn't accept it. Why talk about terms that have no reasonable chance of being agreed to?
The top tier backs make $15m+/year. Mack at $9-10m is clearly second tier, at two-thirds the cost of the top tier backs. If you won't go that high then the only other option is to let him walk in free agency.
Is 9 really the market for a guy ranked 10ish that isn't a involved a lot in the passing game. Only 4 RBs make 9 or more. I'd do 6/year, 7 tops. I really don't see a lot of teams backing up the Brinks truck for him. If he ended up with a team that had a poor OL, that could be a career ender.
Part of that is Carlson , he's most definitely the real deal and switch hitter to boot. If he doesn't start the season up north he will be there before the years out. Regardless who they go with the Outfield D will be better for it both with Ozuna and Martinez being gone. I also like the signing of Brad Miller for left handed bench bat with power. I also like the balance in the pitching , wont be RH dominate we have plenty of LH talent to go with.
Not saying you did, just pointing out Williams poor AVG vs Houston isn't really something to hang your hat on.
He was top 10 in attempts per game, IIRC, 6th. Not sure what your point is on this.
EE also averaged 500 yards receiving per year in 18/19
I didn't say he was as good as Mack. He does has better hands though. I do think he's better than Wilkins in terms of being well rounded. He certainly blocks better than Wilkins, and is certainly better after first contact. As far as his history, his first year was post foot surgery (Bills). He stood little chance with Saints with both Ingram and Kamara there, not to mention the Taysom Hill packages.
Williams may have very well had 200+ as well had he played the whole game. We'll never know.
I'm not basing my opinion on just Houston, or Jax. I watched him play in college, and thought he was good there, even in their RB by committee. He would have went higher than 5th had he not missed his last season and had foot surgery. IMO, he should have returned for his SR season. He was tagged a "sleeper" by a lot of folks.