One of the biggest names hitting free agency for the New Orleans Saints is safety, Marcus Williams. The former second-round pick out of Utah is only 25 years old and won’t turn 26 until the 2022 season is underway. That right there makes Williams one of the more popular free agents on the market.
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report has Williams on his list of ‘best free agents under 25’ and in that write-up, mentions the best fit for the safety would be the Detroit Lions. This isn’t a new landing spot discussion for Williams, as Detroit makes a lot of sense for him as far as his next team goes.
First and foremost, the Lions need help pretty much everywhere. The big reason for Williams being linked there, however, is that Aaron Glenn, who served as Williams’ DB coach up until this past season, is the defensive coordinator in the Motor City. It’d make sense that he’d be a draw to get Williams to sign with the Lions.
Here’s what Knox had to say:
"Detroit isn’t the most cap-rich team in the NFL, but it is projected to have $21 million available. The Lions could afford to offer Williams a fair-market deal, and they could also provide him the opportunity to reunite with defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and head coach Dan Campbell.Campbell was New Orleans’ assistant head coach from 2016-2020, while Glenn was the Saints’ defensive backs coach over that time frame."
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New Orleans would obviously love to have Williams back in 2022 and beyond but they’re not in a great position when it comes to retaining key players right now. They can clear the proper cap space and make things work but even that might not be enough to keep Williams in the black and gold.
At this point, the team is hoping that he’s willing to stick around for less money but this is his chance to get a huge deal and he shouldn’t pass on that opportunity. Detroit won’t be a competitive team in 2022 but Williams can reunite with Glenn and get a major paycheck if that’s what he’s looking to do.
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Free agency is still several weeks away but right now, it makes sense why the Lions are consistently being linked to the star safety. They’d be fools not to be interested in signing him.