New Orleans Saints can’t let Marcus Williams get to free agency

Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints have several players they need to try and get extended this offseason and one of those players is Marcus Williams. While Williams is unfortunately always going to be remembered for letting Stefon Diggs get away and allowing the Minneapolis Miracle to happen, the fact of the matter is that he’s been a really solid player since joining the Saints in 2018.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report put together a list of one move every team still needs to make and for the Saints, he said they have to extend Williams. While I personally would say extending Ryan Ramcyzk is more important, I wouldn’t complain if New Orleans kept Williams in house.

Knox wrote:

"The Saints seem to view Williams as a long-term piece of their defensive puzzle. Otherwise, why give him the franchise tag? In that case, there is little reason to wait on an extension, which could free up enough cap room to make another move or two before the regular season gets underway."

The New Orleans Saints need to extend Marcus Williams.

Who Dat Dish’s own Justin Fried wrote an article a few weeks ago listing different Saints who needed extensions and of course Williams made the list. He actually was No. 1 on Fried’s list too and here’s why:

"At the moment, Williams has one of the highest cap hits on the roster with the tag figure for safeties valued at around $10.6 million.That’s a hefty figure, one that could come down if the two parties agree to a long-term extension."

This right here is why this move needs to be made sooner rather than later. If Williams is extended, the Saints will save some money by doing so and this is a team that is cutting costs wherever due to their high cap numbers.

Williams is a good player who has proven he deserves an extension. He’s notched 246 tackles, defended 30 passes, and hauled in 13 interceptions through four years with the Saints and that kind of production hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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Money might be tight for the Saints right now but it’s highly important that they don’t let Marcus Williams get to the end of the 2021 season without a new deal in place. Otherwise, there’s very little chance of him staying in the Big Easy past this year.