New Orleans Saints fans have been waiting for an update regarding a possible new contract for safety Marcus Williams and the news is finally here. The five-year pro played on the franchise tag during the 2021 season, but the team does not aim to employ the same strategy this time around.
The Saints are looking to sign Williams to a long-term deal, instead. Taking that route would help New Orleans from a cap space perspective, which is huge given the team is projected to be $42.3 million over the limit. Using the franchise tag would come along with a $12.7 million cap hit in 2022.
A new deal would also ensure that the 25-year-old is going to be on the roster for years to come. Williams has been an integral part of the Saints secondary since joining the team in 2017 and has played in 76 of a possible 81 games. That level of consistency is not often seen in today's league.
Overall, Williams logged a career-high 74 tackles this past season to go along with 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble. It was also the fourth time that he tallied at least 7 pass breakups in a season. It's worth noting that New Orleans posted the fourth-best pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL.
New Orleans fans will have to keep an eye on any contract negotiations moving forward. The Saints will aim to figure out the cap issues and put together a roster capable of contending in 2022. For now, they have odds set at +3400 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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