With Marcus Williams being one of the most high-profile Saints’ free agents, if they don’t re-sign him, who will take over for him?
Two years ago, the New Orleans Saints had Vonn Bell and Marcus Williams as their starting safeties. They were two of the youngest, brightest safeties in the game of football, and the Saints had them both for the start of their careers.
Last year, they made the option not to re-sign Vonn Bell as he left and went to Cincinnati. They replaced him with former Saints’ safety Malcolm Jenkins who was coming back from Philadelphia to fill the role that Bell made vacant.
This year, the Saints have to make the decision as to whether they will re-sign Marcus Williams or not. The biggest deterrent of not re-signing him is the push that they are under to stay under the cap. Williams’ market value is roughly $9.4 million per year.
That is almost $8 million more than New Orleans is paying him right now. If they really do decide that he is going to be too much money to re-sign, they will either have to go back to the free agency market or look to their No. 28 overall pick to replace him.
If they choose the draft, these are the three top options with their first pick.