New Orleans Saints could lose Marcus Williams to a familiar face

Leigh Oleszczak
Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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When the New Orleans Saints were looking for their next head coach, they spoke to former DB coach Aaron Glenn. He spent five years with the organization before taking the defensive coordinator position in Detroit, following Dan Campbell to his new destination.

Glenn didn’t get the job and will stay in Detroit for the upcoming season and he could use his relationship with past Saints players to his advantage

Michelle Bruton of Bleacher Report wrote one prediction for every team in free agency and for the Lions, she put it was signing Saints safety Marcus Williams.

"The Detroit Lions are currently projected to have $21.1 million in cap space this offseason. With starting safeties Tracy Walker and Dean Marlowe both set to become unrestricted free agents, they’ll need to address that position somehow this offseason.The Lions will likely re-sign at least one of Walker and Marlowe, but they could also upgrade at the position by bringing in Marcus Williams.The 25-year-old, who played under second-year Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn in New Orleans, figures to be a cap casualty for the Saints this offseason. He has a projected AAV of $15 million, per Spotrac, while the Saints are already a league-high $76.1 million over the cap."

Former New Orleans Saints coach could poach Marcus Williams

Williams has had one heck of a career in New Orleans and that’s going to make it difficult to keep him in the black and gold jerseys moving forward. Safety isn’t a position that teams break the bank for and while the Saints have done a nice job of paying their key players, Williams might price himself out of NOLA’s range.

The Lions make sense because they have the money available to land Williams and have a great need for a key safety. Aaron Glenn also knows Williams well and could be a major factor in Detroit landing the star safety.

Saints fans obviously hope that Williams is willing to take less money and return to the team that drafted him but I choose to look at things realistically. The fact of the matter is that Williams is a young star (he won’t turn 26 until the 2022 season begins) and he’s going to get paid like one.

It’d be cool if Williams wanted to play for a contender but for some of these guys, it’s all about the money. If the Lions offer the most money and he’d have a chance to reunite with his former DB coach, why wouldn’t Williams want to go to Detroit?

"5 potential landing spots for Marcus Williams in free agency"

As much we don’t want to think about Marcus Williams leaving, this could make a lot of sense.

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