3 New Orleans Saints free agents we will sadly miss in 2022
1. Marcus Williams
Hopefully New Orleans can find a way to keep Marcus Williams in a black and gold jersey for at least one more year but if they can’t, he’ll definitely be the biggest name leaving the team in free agency.
Williams, a former second-round pick out of Utah in 2017, has come on strong throughout his career with the Saints and is one of their best players on the defensive side of the ball. Teams in need of safety help in the offseason will most certainly be licking their chops if Williams does indeed hit the free-agent market.
Joel Corry of CBS Sports wrote an article about potential franchise tag recipients in the 2022 offseason and included Williams. Here’s what he had to say:
"The Saints are in great shape cap wise for 2022 compared to this time last year. There’s a league leading $259.45 million in 2022 cap commitments with 40 players under contract and a minimal amount of unused cap room to be carried over (less than $500,000). Williams probably expects to be treated like Lattimore and Ramcyzk relative to their positional markets. Jamal Adams, Harrison Smith and Justin Simmons are the league’s three highest paid safeties with $17.5 million, $16 million and $15.25 million per year deals with the Seahawks, Vikings and Broncos respectively."
While Corry seems optimistic about the Saints’ chances at keeping Williams in New Orleans, if he does leave, there’s no debating that fans would be heartbroken. He’s come a long way since being most known for allowing Stefon Diggs to score on the Minneapolis Miracle play.
These three free agents would be missed by Saints fans if they depart in the offseason. Hopefully the team can find a way to keep all of them in the black and gold for at least one more year.