After Shawn Williams' extension, 22 Bengals now entering contract year

Williams ready to start for Bengals, gets contract extension (1:51)

ESPN NFL Insider Josina Anderson explains why the Bengals have extended safety Shawn Williams' deal and if Cincinnati will see a drop off following the departure of Reggie Nelson. (1:51)

CINCINNATI -- After signing safety Shawn Williams to a four-year contract extension Tuesday, the Cincinnati Bengals' list of pending 2017 free agents shrank slightly to 22.

Williams was one of several key contributors the Bengals had been expected to attempt to lock up between now and next spring. Mostly a backup defensive player throughout his career, it seemed likely the Bengals would have Williams play out the 2016 season before making him an offer. That, of course, didn't ultimately happen.

Some four months before he's slated to become an every-down member of the Bengals' secondary, Williams agreed to an extension that will keep him in stripes through the 2020 season.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the four-year extension is worth $19.5 million in new money and has a maximum value of $21.5 million.

Williams was originally scheduled to enter the 2016 season drawing an $823,986 cap figure.

With the 25-year-old locked up long term (Williams just had a birthday last Friday), what other Bengals are scheduled to hit free agency next spring? Here's a look at the 22 Bengals entering contract years this season (seven of whom were regular starters in 2015):

QB Keith Wenning

RB Giovani Bernard

RB Cedric Peerman

RB Rex Burkhead

RB Bronson Hill

WR Brandon LaFell

WR Brandon Tate

TE/H-back Ryan Hewitt

TE John Peters

OT Andrew Whitworth

OT Eric Winston

OG Kevin Zeitler

OG/C T.J. Johnson

DE Margus Hunt

DT Domata Peko

DT Brandon Thompson

LB Karlos Dansby

CB Dre Kirkpatrick

CB Chykie Brown

CB Chris Lewis-Harris

S Taylor Mays

K Mike Nugent