One of the biggest potential free-agent departures for the New Orleans Saints this offseason is safety Marcus Williams, who might be too rich for the Saints’ blood. Williams played on the franchise tag this past season and now has probably played himself out of NOLA’s price range.
Spotrac currently has Williams’ market value at five years worth $67 million, which yeah, probably won’t be a contract New Orleans can afford to dish out. We’ve seen this team continue to create cap space and keep key players, however, so I’m not ruling anything out.
If Williams is on the move, here are five potential landing spots for the former Utah safety.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have needs at pretty much every position except for quarterback and running back and fortunately for them, they have the draft picks and cap space (they have the third-most in the league, per Over the Cap) to afford to find the help they so desperately need.
At safety, the Jaguars have Andre Cisco and Daniel Thomas who are a rookie and second-year player respectively. Andrew Wingard is also in Jacksonville and is a promising young player but this is definitely a position the team needs to find an experienced veteran at.
Williams would immediately step in and give the Jaguars experience in their secondary. They could afford to pay him the market value he’s projected at and Jacksonville desperately needs an impact defensive player in their secondary. Williams could be just that.
The only issue here is would Williams want to go to a rebuilding team? If he’s chasing the money, then this might be a great landing spot.